Indonesian politics in 2008: The ambiguities of democratic change

van Klinken, Gerry (2008) Indonesian politics in 2008: The ambiguities of democratic change. Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, 44 3: 365-381. doi:10.1080/00074910802395328

Author van Klinken, Gerry
Title Indonesian politics in 2008: The ambiguities of democratic change
Journal name Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0007-4918
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00074910802395328
Volume 44
Issue 3
Start page 365
End page 381
Total pages 17
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract The ‘normal’ politics of 2008, in between the big electoral events of 2004 and 2009, illustrated the ambiguities of democratic change. Hung gubernatorial elections in North Maluku and South Sulawesi led local elites to ask Jakarta to intervene. A long campaign of demonstrations and violent intimidation by fundamentalist groups against the unorthodox Islamic group Ahmadiyah persuaded the government to impose a semi-ban on the group. At the same time, a senior intelligence officer was put on trial over the 2004 murder of the human rights activist Munir. And the Corruption Eradication Commission continued to arrest powerful people for corruption, although these arrests also began to stimulate increasingly organised resistance. All in all, politics in 2008 demonstrated an openness, and even a willingness to learn, that augurs well for the future.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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