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Democracy in Indonesia: From Stagnation to Regression?

by Thomas Power

Indonesia has long been hailed as a rare case of democratic transition and persistence in an era of global democratic setbacks. But as the country enters its third decade of democracy, such laudatory assessments have become increasingly untenable. The stagnation that characterized Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second presidential term has given way to a more far-reaching pattern of democratic regression under his successor, Joko Widodo. 

This volume is the first comprehensive study of Indonesia’s contemporary democratic decline. Its contributors identify, explain and debate the signs of regression, including arbitrary state crackdowns on freedom of speech and organization, the rise of vigilantism, deepening political polarization, populist mobilization, the dysfunction of key democratic institutions, and the erosion of checks and balances on executive power. They ask why Indonesia, until recently considered a beacon of democratic exceptionalism, increasingly conforms to the global pattern of democracy in retreat.

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Preliminary pages
1. The Decline of Indonesian Democracy
PART 1: HISTORIC AL AND COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES
2. Indonesia’s Democracy in a Comparative Perspective
3. Indonesia’s Tenuous Democratic Success and Survival
PART 2: POLARISATION AND POPULISM
4. How Polarised Is Indonesia and Why Does It Matter?
5. Divided Muslims: Militant Pluralism, Polarisation and Democratic Backsliding
6. Is Populism a Threat to Indonesian Democracy?
7. Islamic Populism and Indonesia’s Illiberal Democracy
PART 3: POPULAR SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY
8. Electoral Losers, Democratic Support and Authoritarian Nostalgia
9. How Popular Conceptions of Democracy Shape Democratic Support in Indonesia
PART 4: DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS
10. Indonesian Parties Revisited: Systemic Exclusivism, Electoral Personalisation and Declining Intraparty Democracy
11. The Media and Democratic Decline
12. The Economic Dimensions of Indonesia’s Democratic Quality: A Subnational Approach
13. A State of Surveillance? Freedom of Expression under the Jokowi Presidency
PART 5: LAW, SECURITY AND DISORDER
14. Assailing Accountability: Law Enforcement Politicisation, Partisan Coercion and Executive Aggrandisement under the Jokowi Administration
15. In the State’s Stead? Vigilantism and Policing of Religious Offence in Indonesia
16. Rumour, Identity and Violence In Contemporary Indonesia: Evidence from Elections in West Kalimantan
17. Electoral Violence in Indonesia 20 Years after Reformasi
Index
Indonesia Update Series

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  • Number of Pages : 393
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 737g
  • Product Code : 9789814881517
  • Dimension : 229 x 152 mm

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Thomas Power

Thomas Power