Is Indonesia’s democracy for sale? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Ward Berenschot about local election campaigns and behind the scenes machinations, and the informal networks based on patronage and identity politics that play a major role in local politics.

While most major media and expert pundits say Joko Widodo will be the next Indonesian President, Prabowo Subianto is also claiming victory tonight. Lily Yulianti Farid reports.

Prabowo is the more worldly traveller, but Jokowi is more vocal on foreign relations. Colin Brown analyses the implications for the wider world of this week’s poll.

In this, the first of a series of papers from the Electionwatch/CILIS 2 July seminar, Jemma Purdey explores the carefully pitched strategy behind Prabowo and his Gerindra party.

Picture: Muhammad Nur Abdurrahman 

How voters respond to the spoken, and unspoken, language of masculinity permeating the Indonesian campaign will provide a telling glimpse into the national mindset, argues Hani Yulindrasari.

Sofyan Syamsul (link is external), an East Indonesia-based photographer, followed Jokowi’s running mate Jusuf Kalla on the campaign trail in her home town of Makassar.

As a series of debates between the Indonesian Presidential candidates kicks off, Dave McRae critiques their opening round performances – and reads between the lines.

As political campaigns become more slick, the price of party success skyrockets, encouraging corruption. Thomas Reuter explores how this plays out in Indonesia, and suggests some solutions.

Favourite Joko Widodo’s run to the Presidential Palace appears to be on track. Professor Tim Lindsey explains why Australians should be hoping that he doesn’t stumble. Photo: Flickr/Danuprimanto https://flic.kr/p/68ZuxP (link is external)

Presidential frontrunner ‘Jokowi’ is urging a “mental revolution” to a more optimistic, self-sustaining, self-believing Indonesia, invoking the language and ideas of the Sukarno era, observes Katharine McGregor.

The University of Melbourne’s Professor Tim Lindsey talks to the ABC’s Phillip Adams (link is external) about the wash-up of last week’s election, and why the charismatic favorite ‘Jokowi’ is still shaping up as the most likely next president after 9 July.

Under the law, quotas for female representation in Indonesia appear remarkably progressive. In reality, the political realm is still hard going for women, Lily Yulianti Farid explains.