Popular agency and interests in Indonesia’s democratic transition and consolidation

Edward Aspinall*

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    This article reviews the part played by lower class groups in Indonesia's democratic transition and consolidation. While mainstream analyses emphasize dominance of Indonesian politics by oligarchs and other elites, this article also finds many new avenues for lower class political agency. It focuses on two: fragmented activism, through which lower class groups organize and mobilize to advance their own interests, and electoral populism, by which candidates for elective office respond to the preferences of poor voters by offering them policy concessions. The article illustrates these propositions by focusing on the labor movement and healthcare programs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-121
    Number of pages21
    Issue number96Special Issue
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


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