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The politics of reform : political scandals, elite resistance, and presidential leadership in Indonesia

Die Politik der Reformen : politische Skandale, Elitenwiderstand und präsidiale Führerschaft in Indonesien
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Luebke, Christian von

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Abstract While Indonesia's democracy has received much acclaim for institutionalizing fair, free, and peaceful elections, many important challenges still lie ahead. The "politics of reform," which has consumed much of the government’s time and energy, are a mixed blessing. Interest collisions – between those who seek change and those who resist it – have caused government paralysis and aversion and, at the same time, sparked promising forms of public participation and resilience. Meanwhile, the Yudhoyono administration has reached a critical juncture that will define political and economic trajectories for upcoming years. Now that two controversies (Bank Century and KPK debacles) have tarnished the government's credentials, the president will need to make continued efforts to sustain support in his cabinet, coalition, and electorate. In order to steer the country toward calmer political waters and higher socio-economic development, President Yudhoyono will be challenged to form flexible policy coalitions and reinstate the momentum for change.
Keywords Indonesia; political reform; political development; economic crisis; financial crisis; banking; corruption; board; party; parliament; political elite; political leadership; presidential election; conflict; reform; crisis; coalition; flexibility; political situation; Southeast Asia
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Method descriptive study
Free Keywords Political Science; Comparative Politics; Area Studies; Indonesia; politics; reform; governance; leadership; 2009-2010
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 79-94
Journal Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 29 (2010) 1
ISSN 1868-4882
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
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