Journal article

Don't ask, don't tell: academics and electoral politics in Indonesia

Dave McRae, Robertus Robet

Contemporary Politics | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


Guided by the literature on public sociology and the entry of civil society actors into the state, this paper analyses the increasing role of Indonesian academics in electoral politics. We assess both the impacts of their involvement on democratic reform, measured via election and policy outcomes, and on the academic profession itself. Academics merit separate study because of their dual status in Indonesia, as both civil servants and civil society members. As civil servants, academics face legislative prohibitions against their involvement in electoral politics, leading them to become involved on a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ basis. These entry circumstances strongly shape their strategies to e..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a 2017/2018 ANU Indonesia Project Research Grant.