A primary feature of Indonesia’s transactional politics since 2014 has been the
shallowness of policy and ideological discourse.
The public process of the formation of coalitions in support of presidential candidates
Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto were marked by transactionalism regarding
electoral standing rather than ideological and policy differences, and this was most
centred on the selection of vice-presidential candidates, Ma’ruf Amin and Sandiaga
Since the finalisation of the presidential and vice-presidential nominations, there have
been signs that the Democrat Party, headed by former President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, is uncomfortable being in the coalition that is supporting Prabowo.
There are signs that the presence in the Prabowo coalition of two new parties directly
connected to the Suharto family may encourage appealing to a return to Suharto era
policies as part of that coalition’s campaigning.
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