The Political Economy of District Educational Innovations


This study is part of RISE Programme in Indonesia, a large scale, multi-country research program that seeks to understand how school systems in the developing world can overcome the learning crisis and deliver better learning for all. The study is one of the components in the Reform Area B that seeks to understand the innovation of education policies in specified districts.

We see that regional autonomy has high complexity, especially since Indonesia is a large and multicultural archipelago. This research will enrich the study of education decentralization in Indonesia and provide a complete picture of how the above factors shape and influence the way a region implements educational innovations at the local level. The overall results of this study can be used by the central government and local governments as material for reflection and learning to improve the implementation of education decentralization in Indonesia.


To explore economic-political factors that can support or inhibit the creation and implementation of educational innovations at the local level. We focus more on exploring how economic and political aspects can affect the capacity of a region to create and implement various educational innovations.


We use qualitative methods by conducting semi-structured, in-depth, and informal interviews to reveal the various roles of local actors as well as the conditions that allow the formulation of local education policies.

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Risa Wardatun Nihayah
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Syaikhu Usman
Sirojuddin Arif
Niken Rarasati
Shintia Revina
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RISE Programme is supported through grants from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
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Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford
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Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) and Mathematica Policy Research
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