Indonesia’s New Populist Order and Diffused Progressives in Comparative Perspective: A Public Lecture by Olle Törnquist on 16 Nov

The UP Center for Integrative Studies (UPCIDS) Program on Alternative Development, together with the UP Department of Political Science will be holding a public lecture by Olle Törnquist on Indonesia’s New Populist Order and Diffused Progressives  in Comparative Perspective on 16 November 2017*, 10:00 a.m. onwards at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies, Lower Ground Floor, Bahay ng Alumni, UP Diliman. The discussion is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Neo-liberal oriented growth and elitist democratisation has bred in Indonesia a new populist order, with former local businessperson, mayor, governor and now president Jokowi in the forefront. In this context, perhaps partly as in the Philippines, there has been some space for progressives, but also for right-wingers. What are the prospects for popular politics?

About the speaker

Olle Törnquist is Professor of Political Science and Development Research, University of Oslo. He has focused since the early 1970s on the problems and options of popular organisations and democratisation, especially in Indonesia and India, with some references to the Philippines. He has also co-directed Indonesian democracy studies programmes with committed scholars, activists, and journalists since the mid-1990s. His recent books include Assessing Dynamics of Democratisation, with L. Djani et al., Dynamics of Populist Transnationalism, and the co-edited volumes Democratisation in in the Global South, Reclaiming the State: Overcoming Problems of democratisation in Post-Soeharto Indonesia, and Reinventing Social Democratic Development: Insights from Indian and Scandinavian Comparisons.

*It was previously announced that the event will be held on 15 November, but due to the recent declaration of a non-working holiday, the lecture was moved to 16 November.

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