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Indonesia

Democracy and the Promise of Good Governance

Ross H McLeod and Andrew MacIntyre

Publication Year: 2007

The success or failure of democratic reform in Indonesia is a key question for Indonesia itself and for the surrounding region. Although Indonesia's transition to democracy holds out the promise of good governance, this cannot be taken for granted — as the recent military takeover in Thailand shows. This book is about the challenge of making democracy work in Asia's third-largest nation.

Published by: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Title Page, Copyright

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Table of Contents

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List of Tables and Figu res

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pp. vii-viii

List of Contributors

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Ten years ago the Asian financial crisis devastated the Indonesian economy and unleashed far-reaching political change. In the wake of Soeharto’s fall there was great optimism about what democratic governance would bring for Indonesia...

Glossary

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pp. xiii-xvi

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-18

Ten years ago the Asian financial crisis devastated the Indonesian economy and unleashed far-reaching political change. In the wake of Soeharto’s fall there was great optimism about what democratic governance would bring for Indonesia...

PART I: Forming and Reforming the Architecture of Governance

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2. Indonesia’s Constitutional Change Reviewed

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pp. 21-40

The constitution of any country defines both the institutions by which the country governs itself and the relationship between its citizens and its institutional framework. A constitution is a fundamentally political document, establishing...

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3. Electoral and Political Party Reform

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pp. 41-54

Political parties are a crucial part of democratic political systems. With Indonesia’s return to democracy in 1999, operational controls on political parties and the ban on the establishment of new parties were lifted. Subsequent electoral...

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4. Tracing the Progress of Local Governments since DecentralisationI

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pp. 55-70

Formally launched in 2001, the decentralisation of governmental authority is one of the most important reform programs in Indonesia. Both supporters and critics of the program acknowledge that decentralisation has changed the landscape...

PART II: The Roles of Government

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5. The State and the Market in Democratic Indonesia

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pp. 73-92

Indonesia’s economic performance has been significantly less impressive in the democratic (post-Soeharto) era than previously. The key indicator is the average annual rate of output growth, which not only reflects general improvements...

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6. Government and Private Business: Rents, Representation and Collective Action

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pp. 93-114

An apparent paradox of the business–government relationship in Indonesia is that although business players are often powerful, the collective interests of the business sector are frequently neglected. Is business too influential, or not influential enough...

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7. Muslim Politics in Indonesia’s Democratisation: The Religious Majority and the Rights of Minorities in the Post-New Order Era

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pp. 115-137

One of the major dangers of democracy is the potential for ‘tyranny of the majority’: the risk that certain groups may use their majority to promote their special interests at the expense of minorities. For example, a religious majority may...

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8. Children, Welfare and Protection: A New Policy Framework?

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pp. 138-156

Over the past decade, Indonesia has faced a series of shocks—economic, social, political and humanitarian—that have adversely affected child welfare. The economic and social shocks resulting from the financial crisis of 1997–98 had deep effects that continue...

PART III: The Institutions of Government

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9. The Civil Service: Towards Eficiency, Effectiveness and Honesty

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pp. 159-177

In this chapter I outline what civil service reform needs to address and what it should achieve, as well as how it should be implemented to secure progress and sustainable outcomes. The chapter sets out a strategic framework for civil service reform and the objectives to be achieved under such a framework...

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10. The Constitutional Court’s Decision in the Dispute between the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission: Banishing Judicial Accountability?

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pp. 178-200

This chapter discusses Indonesia’s main recent judicial reforms, particularly those that appear to have been designed to increase judicial independence and judicial accountability, and the teetering balance that had been struck at the time of writing...

Index

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pp. 201-207


E-ISBN-13: 9789812304674
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812304599

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2007

Edition: 1

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Subject Headings

  • Indonesia -- Politics and government -- 1998- -- Congresses.
  • Democracy -- Indonesia -- Congresses.
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