28 Jul '14, 12pm

Jokowi saves #Indonesia’s democracy (and maybe Southeast Asia’s too) - by Thitinan Pongsudhirak #ASEAN

Jokowi saves #Indonesia’s democracy (and maybe Southeast Asia’s too) - by Thitinan Pongsudhirak #ASEAN

Author: Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University Many years from now, the electoral victory of Indonesia’s president-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) may be seen as pivotal to the fate of democracy and regionalism in Southeast Asia. A win by Jokowi’s opponent Prabowo Subianto would have been a retrograde step for Indonesia, promising shades of authoritarianism even with a popular mandate. Jokowi’s victory, on the other hand, bodes well not just for Indonesia’s future but also for the region’s democratic prospects and ASEAN’s forward momentum. Even as societies become more advanced, economically and technologically, when it comes to political development, democracy is not always permanent. While democracy prevailed over authoritarianism and autocracy in the twentieth century, its trajectory remains uncertain. In Southeast Asia, economies are generally expanding, and societ...

Full article: http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/07/28/jokowi-saves-indo...

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