Voting Behavior in Indonesia since Democratization: Critical Democrats

Voting Behavior in Indonesia since Democratization: Critical Democrats


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Indonesia is the world's third largest democracy (after India and the USA) and the only fully democratic Muslim democracy, yet it remains little known in the comparative politics literature. This book aspires to do for Indonesian political studies what The American Voter did for American political science. It contributes a major new case, the world's largest Muslim democracy, to the latest research in cross-national voting behavior, making the unique argument that Indonesian voters, like voters in many developing and developed democracies, are 'critical citizens' or critical democrats. The analysis is based on original opinion surveys conducted after every national-level democratic election in Indonesia from 1999 to the present by the respected Indonesian Survey Institute and Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108421799
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/26/2018
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Saiful Mujani is Associate Professor of Political Science at Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta. The founder of Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) and former director of the Indonesian Survey Institute (2004-2009). Mujani is the former director of research and development at MetroTV, the first and best Indonesian news channel, and regularly appears on MetroTV, TVONE, SCTV, and writes for Tempo, a top national newsweekly, and newspapers Kompas, Media Indonesia, and Koran Tempo. The former personal adviser on public opinion to President Yudhoyono (2004-2014). Received the Franklin L. Burdette/Phi Sigma Alpha best paper award from the American Political Science Association Annual Conference (2009). Mujani has been published in American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Democracy, Asian Survey and Japanese Journal of Political Science.

R. William Liddle is Professor emeritus at Ohio State University and a highly-regarded specialist on Indonesian politics. Liddle has served as chair of the Indonesia Studies Committee and Southeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. He is a recipient of the Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award for best paper presented at the 2009 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Liddle writes for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Jakarta's daily newspaper Kompas and Indonesian newsweekly Tempo. He has appeared frequently on the PBS News Hour and has been a frequent consultant to the US government.

Kuskridho Ambardi is Senior lecturer at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and executive director of Lembaga Survei Indonesia (Indonesian Survey Institute) - a leading public opinion survey institution. His scholarly articles include 'Indonesia's New Democracy: Who Controls Political Parties?' He has presented papers at various seminars and workshops such as the Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) (Singapore 2010), the Association of Asian Studies (AAS) (Hawaii 2011), the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI), and the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia 2011. He is also a member of The Indonesian Research Council (Dewan Riset Nasional, 2015-2018). In addition, he writes columns for Jakarta's daily newspaper Kompas and newsweekly Tempo and appears on Indonesian national television channels as a source person.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Indonesia and critical democracy; 2. The emergence of critical democrats: support for democracy and criticism of its performance; 3. Participation and choice; 4. Sociological and demographic factors; 5. Rational voters; 6. Party identity and political leadership; 7. Conclusions.

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