Past event

Research Event

Is Indonesia's Democracy in Recession?

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme


Marcus Mietzner, Senior Lecturer, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National UniversityChair: Kirsten Schulze, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House


Indonesia is often praised as an example of a post-authoritarian state with a stable political system. The speaker will suggest that a closer look at Indonesia’s record in recent years reveals that its democratisation is stagnating and that there have been several attempts to roll back reforms introduced in the late-1990s and early-2000s. He will argue that anti-reformist elites are the main force behind this democratic stasis and that, despite citizen disgruntlement over the effectiveness of governance, there is in fact continued societal support for democracy.