Reinventing Asian populism : Jokowi's rise, democracy, and political contestation in Indonesia

dc.contributor.author Mietzner, Marcus en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-17T01:41:15Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-17T01:41:15Z
dc.date.issued 2015 en_US
dc.description For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a> en_US
dc.description.abstract Around the globe, populists have used the decline of established political parties and widespread societal fears of globalization to launch increasingly successful electoral campaigns. Indonesia is no exception. In the 2014 presidential elections, two populists even competed against each other--albeit with vastly different concepts of populism. Prabowo Subianto, the wealthy former son-in-law of ex-autocrat Suharto, offered a classic populist paradigm based on anti-foreign rhetoric, condemnation of the status quo, appeal to the poor, and neo-authoritarian reform plans. By contrast, his opponent, the down-to-earth former carpenter and Jakarta governor, Joko Widodo ("Jokowi"), advanced a new form of technocratic populism that was inclusive, nonconfrontational, and primarily focused on improving the quality of public service delivery. This study explores the dynamics of the electoral contest between Prabowo and Jokowi, and analyzes what they tell us about the conditions under which populist campaigns are launched and succeed or fail. It shows that Prabowo's campaign was ultimately defeated because Indonesia's post-Suharto democracy was not in a state of acute, life-threatening crisis. However, the issue also illuminates Jokowi's struggle to establish his populist rule after his inauguration as president, with oligarchic forces and other members of the old elite forcefully trying to intrude into his new government. en_US
dc.format.extent xiv, 74 p. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9780866382625 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/35837
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Honolulu, HI: East-West Center en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy studies ; no. 72 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Political campaigns - Indonesia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Populism - Indonesia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Presidential candidates - Indonesia en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Joko Widodo, 1961- en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Subianto, Prabowo, 1951- en_US
dc.title Reinventing Asian populism : Jokowi's rise, democracy, and political contestation in Indonesia en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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