Posted in: Elections

Organised labour and the 2019 elections: a rerun of 2014?

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President Joko Widodo's administration has been no friend of workers over the past five years. What does this mean for the trade unions that supported him in 2014? Professor Michele Ford examines how labour issues are playing out in the 2019 elections.

Ahead of the second debate, get the lowdown on infrastructure under Jokowi

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Jokowi’s government has spent big on infrastructure over the past five years. Akhmad Misbakhul Hasan takes a look at where the money has come from, and where some – but not all – of it has gone.

Talking Indonesia: democracy for sale

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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.

Can golput save Indonesian democracy?

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Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata Ayun write that rather than dismissing non-voters as apathetic or irresponsible, it is far more productive to reflect on how they can contribute to strengthening democracy.

Dirty money, rotten politicians: KPK targets local leaders

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The number of local politicians arrested for bribery by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the past two years has been astonishing. Adnan Topan Husodo writes that the KPK deserves credit for its efforts but a stronger focus on bigger players in Jakarta is needed.

Explainer: will the 2019 elections be fair?

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The size and complexity of Indonesia's fast approaching 2019 elections means unfairness is an ever-present threat in all aspects of the process. Titi Anggarini, the director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), runs through some of the most pressing concerns.

How corrupt, really, is Indonesian politics?

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In the first post in our new Policy in Focus series, Dr Ward Berenschot presents research looking at how common clientelism really is in Indonesia. A survey of more than 500 experts found that perceptions of clientelism varied considerably, and the character of local economies played an important role.

The power of emak-emak: empowering or patronising Indonesian women?

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Both pairs of presidential candidates are targeting women voters, and seeking to capitalise on "the power of emak-emak". Dr Dina Afrianty writes that while historically many women saw the term emak as empowering, its recent use by politicians is far less complimentary.

Talking Indonesia: the road to 2019

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Much has changed in the political landscape since Joko "Jokowi" Widodo faced off against Prabowo Subianto in the 2014 Presidential Election. In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dave McRae talks to Associate Professor Marcus Mietzner about how these changes might affect the 2019 presidential race.

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