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Political risk perception in Indonesian power projects

Conrad Voelker (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Andre Permana (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Tillmann Sachs (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
Robert Tiong (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

ISSN: 1366-4387

Article publication date: 30 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to identify and to assess specific political risks associated with Indonesia's public private partnership (PPP) power projects and their generally available mitigating measures, based on the perception of the main stakeholders (government, investors, lenders and insurers).

Design/methodology/approach

The approach taken is: a comprehensive literature review to identify an initial list of specific political risks associated with Indonesia's PPP power projects and generally available mitigating measures for these risks; unstructured interviews and discussions to gather recent issues related to the study and to filter the risks and project measures identified at previous step; and finally a survey conducted with questionnaires in order to evaluate the risks and their allocation, to suggest corresponding mitigating measures.

Findings

The study identified that the political risk perception for Indonesian power projects is still relatively high, due to its legal and regulatory risk and breach of contract risk. Viable government support is also desired by most of the players instead of having political risk insurance as the risk mitigation strategy.

Originality/value

The study has identified a political risk mitigation strategy for infrastructure investment in the Indonesian power sector. Based on that, this study contributes as a scientific exercise in measuring the political risks perception of all stakeholders, which can be useful for all involved parties to mitigate this type of risk successfully.

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Citation

Voelker, C., Permana, A., Sachs, T. and Tiong, R. (2008), "Political risk perception in Indonesian power projects", Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 18-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/13664380810882057

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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