Indonesia’s 2019 Presidential Elections: The Candidates and Their Coming Campaigns



About the Seminar

After months of speculation and intrigue, the nominations for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential elections will be announced next week. The incumbent President, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), will run for re-election, and most expect he will face-off once more against Prabowo Subianto, who lost narrowly to Jokowi back in 2014. Their coalitions have taken shape in recent weeks, and the emerging picture foretells another ideologically polarised election, with most nominally pluralist parties backing Jokowi, and most conservative Islamic parties and figures forming an opposition alliance. Should we expect a repeat of the contentious election that divided Indonesia back in 2014? Will the challenger run the same kind of nationalist, Islamic-themed campaign that Prabowo ran last time, and does such a campaign constitute a serious threat to Jokowi’s re-election? And how are voters evaluating the candidates and their vice-presidential running mates? In this seminar, held just days after the announcement of the presidential nominees, speakers will examine each ticket, and offer their ‘first take’ in response to the questions posed above.

About the Speakers

Djayadi Hanan is an Executive Director of Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC), a leading political research and polling institute in the country. He is also a Lecturer of Political Science at Paramadina University in Jakarta where he also serves as Director of The University’s Institute for Education Reform (IER). Djayadi holds a PhD in Political Science from Ohio State University as well as Master degrees both from Ohio University and Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Djayadi has served as Director of Research and Services at Paramadina University Jakarta, Senior Researcher with The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) – Indonesia, and researcher at the Ohio State University and the Ministry of Regional Autonomy of the Republic of Indonesia. In 2012, he resided in Harvard Kennedy School as a research fellow where he conducted research on multiparty presidential democracy in developing countries. His main fields of expertise include the role of education in democratic cultures, legislative and executive interaction at the local, regional and national level, and student and religious movements during democratization processes. As a political scientist, Djayadi publishes articles in several journals and writes extensively in Indonesian major newspapers. As a political commentator he has been interviewed by major national televisions, radios, and printed media in Indonesia and overseas. His latest book (Mizan, 2014) is entitled: “Menakar Presidensialisme Multipartai di Indonesia” (Understanding Multiparty Presidentialism in Indonesia).

Thomas Power is a senior doctoral candidate at the Australian National University’s Department of Political and Social Change. His PhD research looks at the effects of alternation in government upon Indonesia’s post-authoritarian political parties, with a particular focus on political patronage and party change. He was awarded an Endeavour Research Scholarship in 2015, under which he completed his fieldwork in Indonesia between February 2015 and June 2016. Tom has delivered academic presentations on his research and other aspects of contemporary Indonesian politics at the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA); the Melbourne Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society (CILIS); the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre (SSEAC); the ANU Indonesian Update; and the Lowy Institute in Sydney. Tom completed his Bachelor of International Studies (Hons.) at the University of Queensland, where he was also awarded the University Medal in 2013. He previously worked with the Education Department of Central Java (Dinas Pendidikan Jawa Tengah) in 2009-10. He is an alumnus of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP), and he undertook the Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) field research program at Universitas Muhammadiyah Malang in 2012.

Eve Warburton is a Visiting Fellow at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University. Her research focuses broadly upon the politics and political economies of Southeast Asia, and particularly Indonesia. Eve’s work has been published in the Journal of East Asian Studies, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Southeast Asia Research, Southeast Asian Affairs, New Mandala, The Lowy Institute, and East Asia Forum, as well as in several edited book volumes. Eve’s analysis on Indonesian current affairs appears regularly in the media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, ABC, and the Financial Review.


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Aug 13 2018


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2