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Jokowi and political rivalries ahead of 2019 election

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 29, 2017   /  08:26 am
Jokowi and political rivalries ahead of 2019 election Strongest competitor: President Joko (Courtesy of the Presidential Office/Agus Suparto)

With the presidential election less than one-and-ahalf years away the electoral battle has already begun. Political party machines are gearing up, opinion wars are escalating and powerful elites are exploring possible alliances through ever intensifying political communication. Using terms coined by James P. Carse in Finite and Infinite Games ( 1987 ), elections can be seen as “finite” games, which, in Indonesia’s case, take place every five years. Today, however, election battles have shifted to become unlimited or ‘infinite’ games. Even after elections are over, a struggle over interests continues. For example, the polarization that resulted from the 2014 presidential election can still be felt today. From the level of the elites to that of the lay people, this polarization has become evident in various channels of mass communication. The fight appea...

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