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Author Horowitz, Donald L.

Title Constitutional change and democracy in Indonesia [electronic resource] / Donald L. Horowitz.

Imprint Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.

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Description xviii, 326 p.
Series Problems of international politics
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. A distinctive path; 2. Democratization before renovation; 3. Creeping reform: reconfiguring the political infrastructure; 4. A game of inches; 5. Anomalies, ironies, regularities, and surprises; 6. The shape of the new system; 7. Low-quality democracy and its discontents; 8. Causes, consequence, and the consequences of consequences.
Summary "After the fall of its authoritarian regime in 1998, Indonesia pursued an unusual course of democratization. It was insider-dominated and gradualist, and it involved free elections before a lengthy process of constitutional reform. At the end of the process, Indonesia,s amended constitution was essentially a new and thoroughly democratic document. By proceeding as they did, the Indonesians averted the conflict that would have arisen between adherents of the old constitution and proponents of radical, immediate reform. Gradual reform also made possible the adoption of institutions that preserved pluralism and pushed politics toward the center. The resulting democracy has a number of prominent flaws, largely attributable to the process chosen, but is a better outcome than the most likely alternatives. Donald L. Horowitz documents the decisions that gave rise to this distinctive constitutional process. He then traces the effects of the new institutions on Indonesian politics and discusses their shortcomings as well as their achievements in steering Indonesia away from the dangers of polarization and violence, all the while placing the Indonesian story in the context of comparative experience with constitutional design and intergroup conflict"-- Provided by publisher.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Subject Democratization -- Indonesia -- History.
Democracy -- Indonesia.
Constitutional history -- Indonesia.
Indonesia -- Politics and government -- 1998-
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author ProQuest (Firm)
ISBN 9781107027275 (hardback)
9781107641150 (paperback)
9781107348127 (e-book)

 
    
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