Abstract

This article reviews the part played by lower class groups in Indonesia’s democratic transition and consolidation. While mainstream analyses emphasize dominance of Indonesian politics by oligarchs and other elites, this article also finds many new avenues for lower class political agency. It focuses on two: fragmented activism, through which lower class groups organize and mobilize to advance their own interests, and electoral populism, by which candidates for elective office respond to the preferences of poor voters by offering them policy concessions. The article illustrates these propositions by focusing on the labor movement and healthcare programs.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2164-8654
Print ISSN
0019-7289
Pages
pp. 101-121
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-29
Open Access
No
Archive Status
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