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Indonesian Politics In 2006: Stability, Compromise And Shifting Contests Over Ideology


  • Rodd McGibbon


The second year of President Yudhoyono's term in office was distinguished by continuing political stability and important democratic gains, including the continued implementation of direct elections of local government executives and the enactment of the Law on Governing Aceh. But if these achievements reconfirmed Indonesia's membership of the club of electoral democracies, the shallow roots of its democratic system were also apparent, especially in the weakness of the political party system. In preferring pragmatic cross-party deal making, the parties often played down their ideological commitments. Within society, however, ideological debates over the vexed issue of religion and the state intensified, and became an important part of the national political agenda. Amounting to an Indonesian version of the 'culture wars', such controversies were sparked by concerns that a proposed national bill on pornography and controversial regional by-laws were an indirect attempt to introduce Islamic law.

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  • Rodd McGibbon, 2006. "Indonesian Politics In 2006: Stability, Compromise And Shifting Contests Over Ideology," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(3), pages 321-340.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bindes:v:42:y:2006:i:3:p:321-340
    DOI: 10.1080/00074910601053201

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    1. Armida Alisjahbana & Chris Manning, 2002. "Survey of Recent Developments," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 38(3), pages 277-305.
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