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Indonesian politics in 2009: defective elections, resilient democracy


  • Rizal Sukma


The many problems encountered in managing the 2009 elections, including contested outcomes and post-election political bickering, point to continuing defects in Indonesia's democracy. At the same time, the country has demonstrated a degree of democratic resilience. While the results of the April legislative elections confirm a slow but steady change in electoral politics, the July presidential election also highlights a degree of continuity through the re-election of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. However, the incumbent's landslide victory does not guarantee that his second term will be more effective than the first. Democracy will still face a host of challenges emanating from persistent problems of governance and resurgent terrorist threats. Nonetheless, there are reasons to believe that Indonesia will continue to display a remarkable degree of resilience in withstanding those challenges.

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  • Rizal Sukma, 2009. "Indonesian politics in 2009: defective elections, resilient democracy," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(3), pages 317-336.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bindes:v:45:y:2009:i:3:p:317-336
    DOI: 10.1080/00074910903301647

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    1. Gerrit J. Gonschorek & Günther G. Schulze & Bambang Suharnoko Sjahrir, 2018. "To the ones in need or the ones you need? The Political Economy of Central Discretionary Grants − Empirical Evidence from Indonesia," Discussion Paper Series 36, Department of International Economic Policy, University of Freiburg, revised Jan 2018.
    2. Andreas Ufen, 2010. "Electoral Campaigning in Indonesia: The Professionalization and Commercialization after 1998," Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 29(4), pages 11-37.

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