Oligarchic Populism Prabowo Subianto's Challenge to Indonesian Democracy
In 2014, Indonesia faced its most severe threat of authoritarian regression since the transition to democratic rule began in 1998. Prabowo Subianto, a general with a fiercely reactionary record under the Suharto regime, and with a party platform that implied rolling back key democratic reforms, came within 6.3 percentage points of winning the Jul 9 presidential election. Here, Aspinall examines Subianto's background and the nature of his political appeal, explores how be came so close to...[Show more]
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