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Jakarta Post

Reform caught between competition and compromise

  • Dimas Kuncoro Jati
    Dimas Kuncoro Jati

    Indonesian lawyer who holds a Master of Law degree from King’s College London

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 2, 2019   /  11:12 am
Reform caught between competition and compromise President Jokowi’s reforms are now caught between the need to increase competitiveness in a race with regional competitors and the constraints that result from greater power sharing. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Unlike his previous term, the beginning of which was marked with brimming public excitement, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo’s second term has had a lackluster reception. This is reflected in the latest public satisfaction rate, which took a nosedive to its lowest point since August 2016, according to the Indonesian Survey Institute, an opinion polling agency. It is imprudent to judge an entire presidential term based merely on the absence of parades or low early public satisfaction rates. Nonetheless, such a comparative angle can provide insight about how Jokowi’s offer — as a non-elite and reformist figure — to share power with the political establishment and oligarchic forces can not only lower public satisfaction but raise doubts about continued reform. No doubt President Jokowi has a compelling story to tell about his successful first term. He ...

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