Uncertainties Of Real World Policymaking : An Example From The Indonesia 's Energy Conversion

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Uncertainties in real-world policymaking: an example from the Indonesia’s energy conversion In regard to the existing policy models and theories, policymaking seems like driving a great car, with some best friends, on the perfect road, at a constant speed to some beautiful destinations. In practice, however, that is not the case. Policy practice is like driving an almost damaged car with a sick passenger, on a full of holes road, to uncertain destinations. That simple illustration from one of my class sessions reminds me of some challenging real-world policymaking I ever experienced. As a junior analyst at the office of Indonesian VP, I learned that regardless of the positive impacts, the VP’s energy conversion policy had to confront various uncertainties that made the policymaking was tough. Using that particular example, this essay highlights some of the uncertainties practical policymaking has to deal with. Some valuable lessons are discussed showing that policymaking needs not only careful analyses but also fast decision-making and strong leadership. So, during his first term in power, the Indonesian VP Jusuf Kalla initiated an energy conversion program for Indonesian households from using kerosene to LPG in 2006-2009 (Budya & Arofat, 2011). However, many individuals, social and political groups strongly opposed the policy. They argued that the government was wasting their budget on the untested policy. But, the government believed that the conversion was the most

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