BOOK LAUNCH. Democracy in Indonesia: from stagnation to regression

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 23 September 2020


Online via Zoom


Emil Salim, Universitas Indonesia; Allen Hicken, University of Michigan; Eve Warburton, National University of Singapore; Thomas Power, The University of Sydney; and many more


ANU Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 5954

ANU Indonesia Project warmly invites you to the book launch of Democracy in Indonesia: from stagnation to regression? (editors: Eve Warburton,Thomas Power, published by ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in 2020).

The books are available for sale online or from selected bookshops in Indonesia. A limited number of books will be available for sale from ANU Indonesia Project’s office in Canberra for $30 softcover and $40 hardcover ($25 and $35 for student).

Day 1

The book will be launched by Professor Emil Salim from Universitas Indonesia, with remarks from Allen Hicken (University of Michigan), and followed with overview from book editors Eve Warburton (National University of Singapore) and Thomas Power (The University of Sydney). Laode Muhammad Syarif from Kemitraan will discuss the book content.

Day 2

Book discussion with authors.

Ken Setiawan (The University of Melbourne), Irsyad Rafsadie (PUSAD Paramadina), Dyah Ayu Kartika (PUSAD Paramadina), Puspa Delima Amri (Sonoma State University), Burhanuddin Muhtadi (Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah) and Haris Azhar (Lokataru) will discuss selected book chapters on freedom of expression, elections, economic dimensions and electoral losers.

About the book

Indonesia has long been hailed as a rare case of democratic transition and persistence in an era of global democratic setbacks. But as the country enters its third decade of democracy, such laudatory assessments have become increasingly untenable. The stagnation that characterized Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s second presidential term has given way to a more far-reaching pattern of democratic regression under his successor, Joko Widodo.

This volume is the first comprehensive study of Indonesia’s contemporary democratic decline. Its contributors identify, explain and debate the signs of regression, including arbitrary state crackdowns on freedom of speech and organization, the rise of vigilantism, deepening political polarization, populist mobilization, the dysfunction of key democratic institutions, and the erosion of checks and balances on executive power. They ask why Indonesia, until recently considered a beacon of democratic exceptionalism, increasingly conforms to the global pattern of democracy in retreat.

Further information about the book and its chapters is available on the publisher’s website:

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