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Indonesian Politics in 2014: Democracy's Close Call

Aspinall, Edward; Mietzner, Marcus

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Indonesian democracy experienced a near miss in 2014, when Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) defeated former general Prabowo Subianto by a margin of 6.3% in the presidential election. Both candidates were populists who rose to prominence in the context of public disillusionment with incumbent president Yudhoyono; Prabowo, however, condemned Indonesia's democratic system and promised to take Indonesia in a more authoritarian direction. We trace democracy's close call through five phases: the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAspinall, Edward
dc.contributor.authorMietzner, Marcus
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:35:19Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:35:19Z
dc.identifier.issn0007-4918
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/76534
dc.description.abstractIndonesian democracy experienced a near miss in 2014, when Jakarta governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) defeated former general Prabowo Subianto by a margin of 6.3% in the presidential election. Both candidates were populists who rose to prominence in the context of public disillusionment with incumbent president Yudhoyono; Prabowo, however, condemned Indonesia's democratic system and promised to take Indonesia in a more authoritarian direction. We trace democracy's close call through five phases: the dying months of Yudhoyono's presidency, the rise of populist alternatives, the parliamentary elections of April 2014, the July presidential campaign, and the aftermath. We attribute the strength of Prabowo's campaign to superior organisational and financial support, while Jokowi's victory rested upon strong identification with him among poor and rural voters. Also determining the outcome was the fact that public satisfaction with democracy remained strong, undermining the effectiveness of Prabowo's authoritarian-populist message. Nevertheless, democracy's future remains uncertain, given that Prabowo and his supporters now control a sufficiently large number of parliamentary seats to continue promoting a rollback of democratic reforms.
dc.publisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.rightsCopyright Information: © 2014 Indonesia Project ANU
dc.sourceBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
dc.titleIndonesian Politics in 2014: Democracy's Close Call
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume50
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor160600 - POLITICAL SCIENCE
local.identifier.ariespublicationU3488905xPUB5348
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationAspinall, Edward, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMietzner, Marcus, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue3
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage347
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage369
local.identifier.doi10.1080/00074918.2014.980375
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T10:07:07Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84921048378
local.identifier.thomsonID000345689500004
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