Cover image for The Indonesian parliament and democrazation
The Indonesian parliament and democrazation
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Singapore : Institute Of Southeast Asian Studies, 2008
Physical Description:
xvi, 238 p. ; 23 cm.
Added Corporate Author:


Item Barcode
Call Number
Material Type
Item Category 1
PSZ JB 30000010178653 KNW2514 Z53 2008 Open Access Book

On Order



Democratization in Indonesia has altered the political decision-making processes in many ways. It has also brought about tremendous change to the role of the Indonesian parliament in the country's political system. Once characterized as a powerless rubber stamp, the parliament has developed into a comprehensive and more representative body able to fulfil its functions more adequately.In the literature on democratic transition, the impact of parliaments on regime changes and on the democratic reorganization of the most important state institutions and regulations is usually neglected. In the Indonesian case, however, the national parliament was one of the most decisive actors and is therefore the focus of this book.The author analyses the parliament's contribution towards the process of democratization. Thus, this book contributes not only to research on the Indonesian democratization process, but also to the comparative research on parliaments in transition processes in general.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This is a welcome addition to the scholarship on Indonesia that is available in English. The study covers an eight-year period from the fall of Suharto to the presidency of Yudhoyono. The analysis refers to theories on democracy and the role of parliaments during periods of transition to examine democratization in Indonesia. The MPR (Consultative People's Assembly) and the DPR (People's Representative Council) under Suharto's New Order regime were not representative, did not legislate, and did not exercise oversight. Indonesians finally asked for Suharto's removal after his "unanimous election" in 1998 for a seventh five-year term. The student-led occupation of parliament "emboldened former sycophants ... to stab Suharto in his aging back." Parliament became increasingly assertive, Suharto cronies were forced out, and representative, legislative, and oversight functions emerged under Habibie, Wahid, and Megawati. A series of amendments to the 1945 constitution consolidated the transition, leading to a presidential system of governance and the election of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as president by direct popular vote. The book has a useful list of acronyms, references, notes, and index. It would have been more accessible to students had each chapter begun with a synopsis and ended with a conclusion. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. F. L. Mokhtari National Defense University