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Increasingly, academics are playing a prominent role in direct elections for executive office in Indonesia – typically as expert advisors or informal members to candidates’ campaign teams, but also occasionally as candidates. Focusing on the 2014 presidential elections and 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election, this paper charts the role of academics in influencing the outcome of these elections and the policies of the resultant governments. We argue that academics effectively had a foot in both camps, acting as public intellectuals to shape public opinion in favor of their desired outcomes, while also advising parties and candidates directly.
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