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Parties and party politics in the post-Reformasi era


Tomsa, D, Parties and party politics in the post-Reformasi era, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Indonesia, Routledge, RW Hefner (ed), London, pp. 95-105. ISBN 9781317242222 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2018 Dirk Tomsa

DOI: doi:10.4324/9781315628837-7


This chapter outlines key features of contemporary Indonesian party politics, highlighting two somewhat contradictory trends. On the one hand, the party system has become increasingly institutionalized in recent years, despite continuously high levels of fragmentation. Led by a group of core parties with reasonably loyal constituencies, political parties have given structure to electoral competition and provided organizational pathways to power and patronage. On the other hand, however, the parties’ relatively feeble track record in fulfilling their public mandate and their proneness to collusion and corruption have entrenched low public trust rates in party politics. At the same time, electoral rules that favor individual candidates over parties have weakened the role of parties during elections. Thus, enhanced stability in the party system has not led to greater accountability while political agendas are increasingly shaped by non-party actors, including mass organizations and populists keen to challenge the foundations of Indonesia’s democratic regime.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Asian cultural studies
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Tomsa, D (Dr Dirk Tomsa)
ID Code:127296
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-07-20
Last Modified:2019-12-03

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