JOKOWI'S FIRST YEAR: A WEAK PRESIDENT CAUGHT BETWEEN REFORM AND OLIGARCHIC POLITICS

Burhanuddin Muhtadi

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    Abstract

    When President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took office in October 2014, he promised to usher in a new style of politics, generating optimism among many Indonesians that his government would enthusiastically promote reform. Yet Jokowi has since placed greater value on realpolitik than on reform, as evidenced by his choice of cabinet members, his response to the controversy surrounding senior police officer Budi Gunawan, and his handling of attempts by the police and others to weaken Indonesia's respected Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). This article shows that Jokowi failed to deliver on his promises of reform largely owing to a combination of personal and external factors. He failed to show leadership on anticorruption and human-rights issues, for example—in part because he prefers economic development over democratic reform, but also because he is not immune to the oligarchic politics that dominate Indonesia's political life and promote the interests of Indonesia's elite.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)349-368
    JournalBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
    Volume51
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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