OPINION: Jokowi leadership shift
McDonald’s pessimism comes from the research results generated by Eve Warburton, a political scientist at the Australian National University. Warburton’s research is interesting because at least she shows a systematic framework to discuss the characteristics of Jokowi’s government, which has entered its third year. The concept that has stolen the attention is neo-developmentalism. She reminds us of the old debate about the characteristics of General Soeharto’s government.
Through this concept, Warburton argues that Jokowi – after winning the presidential election with a populist image that was outside the system – is now developing the practice of patronage, the same as the previous practice. The difference is, that while Pak Harto was authoritarian, Jokowi has to play on the democratic stage.
However, the essence of the two is the same: the exercise of power to achieve non-populist objectives, such as deregulation, fiscal discipline, infrastructure development, by denying other purposes. In the case of Jokowi, Warburton explains that the spirit to lead breakthroughs against corruption is diminishing, while his ability to politically maneuver is getting more sophisticated and slippery.
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