Indonesia: Jokowi Sidelines Democracy

Issue Date October 2021
Volume 32
Issue 4
Page Numbers 72–86
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Democracy in Indonesia is under attack from within. Despite high levels of democratic commitment from voters and elites, President Joko Widodo has sidelined democracy for the sake of economic development, his avowed main priority. Under his tenure, free elections have been threatened, civil liberties have declined, corruption fighters and legislative checks weakened, and the armed forces’ role in civilian affairs has grown. Elected local officials whose terms end before the 2024 elections will be replaced by Jokowi’s appointees. The large number of offices contested in those elections will unnecessarily and dangerously burden election officials.

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Saiful Mujani

Saiful Mujani is professor of political science at the Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta.

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R. William Liddle

R. William Liddle is professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State University.

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