Ideas and Policy Response to the COVID-19 Crisis : Evidence from Jakarta, Indonesia

Tauchid Komara YUDA*, Nur QOMARIYAH

*Corresponding author for this work

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Coronaviruses have emerged as a potential disruptive force in policymaking. Using a comparative case study method, we examine two social policy responses in Jakarta, Indonesia: the Social Safety Nets (SSN) programme and the health policy. Such examples demonstrate an aggressive change in policy direction from means-tested systems and government-centred approaches to a total relaxation of conditions with the involvement of non-state actors in the provision of services. Our study analyses the ideational dimensions of the policy process that produces abrupt and radical change. From our analysis, the policy change may be explained by the emergence of a new policy paradigm created through the emulation-contextual process – an alternative model of policy learning. The theoretical implication of our research is that policy response in this study cannot be viewed in a completely path-dependent process. Instead, we propose a ‘path-creation accelerator,’ which represents an infrequent instance of policy change.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

This research received institutional support from the Department of Social Development and Welfare, School of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. We would like to thank all our interviewees for sharing their knowledge and experiences and three anonymous reviewers for their work.


  • Ideas
  • policy change
  • COVID-19
  • policy entrepreneur
  • policy learning


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