Jakarta election – What next?

April 20, 2017

Dr Ian Wilson explores the outcomes from the Jakarta election

Jakarta’s election represents not just a major turning point for the nation’s capital and city of 12 million, but potentially for the entire country.

In an opinion piece entitled Jakarta: inequality and the poverty of elite pluralism for New Mandala, Dr Ian Wilson outlines his thoughts on the tensions during months leading up to the election.

The article states: “The alarmist tone is largely due to the unsettling direction campaigning has taken over the past eight months, that has seen any possible substantive policy debates over how to best tackle Jakarta’s complex infrastructural, economic, and social problems subsumed by sectarian identity politics.

“Populism is fueled not only by anxiety over economic conditions, but also cultural and social tensions. What may be fluid identities in the course of everyday life can harden in the face of ongoing uncertainties, such as seen in the well documented rise of self-conscious displays of religious piety and social conservatism.”

Dr Wilson is a lecturer in politics and security studies, and a Research Fellow at the Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University.

Dr Wilson's research interests focus upon Indonesian politics and society, in particular the political economy of gangs, organised crime and political violence. He also has an interest in urban politics, in particular infrastructural politics, political agency of the urban poor, informal economies and the relationship between urbanisation and social and political change.

The full article can be read here.

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