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Mary E McCoy currently works at the Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin–Madison. Mary does research in Social Movements, Revolutions, Media, Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, Religious Intolerance, Demagoguery, Authoritarian Populism, Fascism, Comparative Democratization and Comparative Politics. Their most recent publication is Scandal and Democracy: Media Politics in Indonesia.
This study on democratization focuses on the under-theorized role of the media to explain why some democratic transitions succeed and others founder and why some lead to consolidation while others either fail outright or settle into a state of pseudo-democracy that often masks an atavistic authoritarianism.
Activist Archives: Youth Culture and the Political Past in Indonesia. By Doreen Lee. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2016. xvi, 278 pp. ISBN: 9780822361527 (cloth, also available in paper and as e-book). - Volume 77 Issue 3 - Mary E. McCoy
In August 1996, a regional newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News, unveiled the results of its year-long investigation into links between the spread of crack-cocaine in the U.S. and fundraising for the CIA-backed contra rebels in Central America. The three-part series, “Dark Alliance: The Story behind the Crack Explosion,” was the first investigative...
Following a democratic uprising in 1998, the Muslim-majority nation of Indonesia embarked on a transition from four decades of authoritarian rule to become the world's third largest democracy. A recent surge in religious intolerance, however, has sparked concern over an apparent backlash against the political and religious pluralism of the new demo...
This paper argues that the Internet's role in the publication of this controversial expos created both need and opportunity for repair of institutional boundaries---those violated by the Mercury's use of the new medium and a more general erosion in the ongoing migration of news to the Internet. Although there has always been a certain tension betwe...