INDONESIAN POLITICS IN 2013: THE EMERGENCE OF NEW LEADERSHIP?
Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2013
The rise of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) from small-town mayor to presidential frontrunner asks again whether new, alternative leaders could enter Indonesian politics in the 2014 elections. This article surveys Jokowi's impact on Indonesian politics over the past 12 months, and examines whether his election as Jakarta governor, and his evident popularity, has opened the way for alternative candidates at local level, or if it has changed parties' calculations for the presidential election. The article concludes by considering whether a new leader could tackle some of the entrenched defects of democracy in Indonesia, given that he or she may have only minority support in the parliament. The article fo..View full abstract