Social consequences of the 2020 regional elections in indonesia under the covid-19 pandemic

The article considers the relationship between the 2020 regional elections in Indonesia under the covid-19 pandemic, public space, and political activism in the social media. The covid-19 pandemic has changed the social, political and cultural fabric of the contemporary world. First, the covid-19 threatened the country’s healthcare system, then it affected other aspects of social life, including the political sphere. The pandemic has been exacerbated by the spread of misinformation about the covid-19, which is also known as the ‘infodemic’. Thus, the covid-19 pandemic influenced the choice of holding elections or delaying it until the situation is under control. The development of the social media encourages political activism in the ‘political public sphere’ and makes it more diverse in the sphere of egalitarianism. The political public sphere becomes increasingly dynamic and critical to various policies. Indonesia did not postpone the 2020 regional elections under the covid-19 crisis. According to the health protocol, this decision had its pros and cons in the digital space. The authors show that political activists in the social media called for prioritizing health rather than the process of democratization through elections, while the government supporters insisted on having elections even in the covid-19 pandemic situation. Finally, the 2020 regional elections were held but were followed by various incidents. The question is whether the government’s argument to hold elections under the covid-19 pandemic was reasonable or, on the contrary, contributed to the wider spread of the covid-19 in Indonesia. Deliberative democracy should consider civil participation as the main pillar of the political system, which is relevant for the new social reality as based on the new social media technologies. © V.L. Muzykant, M.A. Muqsith, 2021.

Российский университет дружбы народов
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  • 1 RUDN University, Miklukho-Maklaya St., 6, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation
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Covid-19; Media technology; Pandemic; Public sphere; Regional elections; Social consequences; Social media
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Puzanova Z.V., Larina T.I., Tertyshnikova A.G.
Вестник Российского университета дружбы народов. Серия: Социология. Российский университет дружбы народов. Том 21. 2021. С. 444-456