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Socially conservative female candidates are making their mark in the 2019 legislative elections.
The eastern islands showcase how national-level polarisation filters through to the grassroots, but also how the realities of decentralised power interfere with national-level political designs.
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The results are suggestive of a growth in regional and religious divides since 2014.
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Renewed rivalry between pluralists and Islamists coexists with catch-all patronage politics.
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Some Indonesian politicians are taking on the industries which dominate politics in their regions. But can working in the system change much?
BY THE NUMBERS
There’s little reason not to expect a comfortable win for Jokowi, but difficulties in predicting legislative election results remain.
The numbers on how Indonesia stacks up in comparison to other Muslim-majority countries.
A look at the religious rhetoric contained in parliamentary candidates’ campaign platforms.
RELIGION IN THE 2019 ELECTIONS
Considering whether five years of Jokowi–Prabowo competition is dividing Indonesian society.
Fears of intolerant Islamic movements have intensified identity politics in Christian communities in the east.
Islamic boarding schools are ground zero for Jokowi’s efforts to win over the Muslim grassroots. Ideology and patronage are both playing a part.
Reflections on socio-religious developments and the political role of Indonesia’s Islamic preachers appealing to the middle class.
Disputes that mark this pragmatic alliance should worry Islamists that Prabowo may disregard their demands.
Progressives may hope that Ma’ruf’s conservatism will be checked by realpolitik.
Road building is good for the economy overall but does little to solve the congestion that plagues Indonesia’s major provinces.
Out in the east, there is a feeling that Sulawesi has received disproportionate attention from Jokowi.
Jokowi's statist developmentalism isn't perfect, but it's a realistic response to the political economy barriers that have held up private investment in infrastructure.
Jokowi’s overreliance on state-owned enterprises has undesirable side-effects. But the private sector has its own problems.
Politicians need to make some hard decisions to make the system financially sustainable.
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