Contested sustainability standards in Indonesian agriculture: on the process of claiming government authority

Atika Wijaya

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    The emergence of private sustainability standards and certification schemes in the last twenty years has changed the production of agricultural commodities in Southern countries. Most of these standards and schemes are developed by Northern-based businesses and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or by partnership between them. This study argues that Southern governments, such as Indonesia, need to reconsider their authority in the market system. This process of ‘claiming authority’ creates many tensions, as it is being realized in a decentralized and fragmented government system through various institutional arrangements. The research explores how the Indonesian government positions itself in the sustainability contestations and the different ways Indonesia claims its authority in the confrontation with Northern-based private standards and certifications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Maastricht University
    • Glasbergen, Pieter, Supervisor
    • Santoso, P., Co-Supervisor, External person
    • Leroy, P., Co-Supervisor, External person
    Award date27 Sep 2017
    Place of PublicationMaastricht
    Print ISBNs9789461597427
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • contestation
    • Indonesian government
    • private standards and certification schemes
    • sustainable agriculture

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