Exploring the Politics of Expertise: The Indonesian Teachers’ Union and Education Policy, 2005-2020

Policy Research

Focusing on Indonesia from 2005-2020, we examine how the largest teachers’ organization influenced labor policy but was marginal in debates about professional standards, training, and evaluation due to its limited technical capacity and struggles to propose viable policy alternatives. Expertise is a critical policy input, and it deserves more attention in the education politics subfield. It is central for setting the agenda for policies to improve the quality of education and it has normative value for improving policy design overall.


This is one of a series of working papers from RISE—the large-scale education systems research programme supported by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Amanda Beatty
Rezanti Putri Pramana
Christopher Chambers-Ju
Amanda Beatty
Christopher Chambers-Ju
Research Area 
Research Topic 
teachers union
education policy
education politics
Publication Type 
Working Paper