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Creative campaigners

Creative campaigners

While material inducements to voters have been prevalent in 2014, candidates also employ innovative campaign strategies to attract support

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Money politics

Money politics

The distribution of money, goods and other benefits is an integral part of electioneering in Indonesia

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Election year

Election year

  Edward Aspinall

Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future

Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

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Joke of the month?

Joke of the month?

What do you get when you cross Sarah Palin and an Islamic polygamist? Meet Rhoma Irama – Indonesia’s king of dangdut

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Front stage with the PKS

Front stage with the PKS

At its upmarket congress, Indonesia’s biggest Islamic party tried but failed to convince it has become an open and inclusive party

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Transcending personality politics

Transcending personality politics

The election of Anas Urbaningrum suggests Partai Demokrat can survive without its founder, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

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Stopping the flow

Stopping the flow

Lapindo Brantas’ involvement in the Surabaya Post has restricted the way journalists report on the mudflow

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God and democracy

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

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West Papua 40 years on

West Papua 40 years on

Reflecting on the Act of Free Choice and the integration of West Papua into Indonesia

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A violation of international law

A violation of international law

Indonesia’s claim to sovereignty over West Papua rests upon an unsound legal basis

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Chaos and consolidation

Chaos and consolidation

The April 2009 legislative polls exposed weaknesses in Indonesia’s electoral management, but the results will help to strengthen the democratic polity

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Feeling cheated, acting apathetic

Feeling cheated, acting apathetic

Many Indonesian students face obstacles voting, but they aren’t much interested anyway

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Democracy yes, accountability no?

Democracy yes, accountability no?

Voters have done everything they can for democracy. The same cannot be said for elites

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Giving up partisan politics?

Giving up partisan politics?

Indonesia's biggest Muslim organizations are having second thoughts about partisan politics

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Rulers in their own country?

Rulers in their own country?

Special autonomy and Papuan aspirations have been thwarted by Jakarta and hampered by the administrative fragmentation sponsored by local politicians

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Freedom of expression

Freedom of expression

Whether Papuans support autonomy or independence, they should be allowed to speak freely

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An unholy alliance

An unholy alliance

Political thugs and political Islam work together in Banten

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A sibling rivalry

A sibling rivalry

Since their institutional separation, the relationship between the police and the military has been troubled

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Ten years of democratisation

Ten years of democratisation

Our new edition shows how far Indonesia has come, and how much remains to be done.

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How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

How far to meaningful democracy? - 1

What you see is what you get.

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