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Buehler, Michael and Nataatmadja, Ronnie (2019) 'A research agenda for studying legislative incumbent turnover in new democracies, using Indonesia as a case study.' South East Asia Research, 27 (3). pp. 203-224.

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Legislative incumbent turnover rates are an important indicator for the quality of a democracy. Low turnover rates may indicate the presence of oligarchic structures while high turnover rates may be a sign of political instability. Yet, there is little research on incumbent turnover in new democracies. This article will suggest ways to address this gap in the literature by looking at Indonesia. The country is not only the third largest democracy in the world but also a relatively new democracy that has only conducted four elections since 1998. The lack of studies on incumbent turnover in new democracies is mirrored in the literature on Indonesia. The vast scholarship on democratization in Indonesia that has emerged over the past twenty years has yet to harness the insights to be gained from examining legislative incumbent turnover rates. The goal of this article is twofold. One, to present for the first time a systematic and comprehensive account of incumbent turnover rates in Indonesia across all election cycles since 1998. Two, to sketch an agenda for future research on incumbent turnover in Indonesia and other new democracies and facilitate such research by making publicly available an original dataset on incumbent turnover in Indonesia.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Democratization, elections, incumbent turnover, Indonesia, new democracies, political elites
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science
ISSN: 0967828X
Copyright Statement: © 2019 SOAS University of London. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in South East Asia Research on 21 Aug 2019, available online:
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2019 10:11
Related URLs: https://michael ... atmadja2019.pdf (Author URL)
Funders: Other

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