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Islamismus in Indonesien : der Erfolg der Gerechtigkeits- und Wohlfahrtspartei und seine möglichen Auswirkungen

Islamism in Indonesia : the success of the justice and welfare party and its possible impacts
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Heilmann, Matthias

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Abstract "The 2004 parliamentary elections in Indonesia delivered some striking results. Among these, the enormous success of the Islamist Justice and Welfare Party (PKS) represents one of the most interesting developments of Indonesia's young democracy. Having increased their number of MPs by over 500 percent (from 7 to 45), the PKS is now considered to be a rising political power which is decidedly promoting an Islamic agenda. Now arousing public interest, the party has become an object of analysis by domestic and international observers, which come to an array of different conclusions and judgments about this apparently controversial party. The success of the PKS is based on its populistic political communication which aims at establishing the image of a moderate and pragmatic party of problem-solvers, and its social welfare programs. But this is only one view at the PKS, as it also appears as a cadre party of strict ideologists that are obviously borrowing their basic ideas from the Muslim Brothers. Thus, it is this Janus face that might encourage differing judgments about the PKS." (author's abstract)
Keywords Indonesia; Southeast Asia; election result; party; party system; political system; islamism; development; parliamentary election; success-failure; political ideology; developing country; Asia
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Sociology of Religion
Method descriptive study; empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language German
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 18-28
Journal ASEAS - Österreichische Zeitschrift für Südostasienwissenschaften, 1 (2008) 1
ISSN 1999-253X
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works