KANAL24, Malang – Public discussion and book launching Populism, Identity Politics, and Electoral Dynamics presented 4 discussants namely the Director of Malang Pos Radar Malang, Kurniawan Muhammad M.IP, UB Political Communication Specialist, Anang Sujoko, D.COMM, Academic Writer and Indicator Director Indonesian Politics Burhanuddin Muhtadi, Ph.D., and UM Constitutional Law Specialist Dr. Didik Sukriono, SH., M.hum

this discussion begins with a book reading by Burhanuddin Muhtadi, Ph.D. The book he wrote was a spark of ideas that dealt with three central issues in the dynamics of procedural democracy in Indonesia, namely identity politics, populism politics, and stretching electoral politics. This book also examines how electoral dynamics that have occurred in Indonesia from 2014 until now. In-depth but lightly reviewed also transactional coalitions and condemnation of the presidential system, Jokowi’s political reconsolidation, party ideology, elite opportunism, and voter behavior and stretching of party behavior and the epicenter of corruption in Indonesia.

Political populism itself almost completely emerges and develops in democratic countries. The phenomenon of political populism hardly arises in an authoritarian state that does not provide space for discourse, concepts and anti-establishment movements, which threatens the ‘status quo’ of authoritarian regimes. Likewise in Indonesia, political identity populism (Islam) has emerged lately thanks to democracy since 1999.

The term Islamic identity politics populism is commonly used to see the phenomenon of Islamic politics since the occurrence of a number of mass actions among Indonesian Muslims at the end of 2016 and early 2017 related to the Jakarta election.

“This summarizes the two main topics that colored electoral dynamics over the last few years, namely populism and identity politics where these two topics cannot be separated from each other because populism that is rife in the world including in Indonesia always utilizes identity politics.”

The publication of the book is all about yellow online lighting Australia for the public so that political actors and the public are aware of the dangers of identity political populism, because when the public is served with identity politics then the loss of public and public rationality does not prioritize the importance of the track record as well as the policy offer offered by a candidate for public official whether it is a presidential candidate or a legislative candidate.