Deepening Democracy in Indonesia?: Direct Elections for Local Leaders (Pilkada)

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Maribeth Erb, Priyambudi Sulistiyanto
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009 - Political Science - 392 pages
Since the fall of long-reigning President Soeharto, in 1998, Indonesia has been in an era of transition, away from an authoritarian regime, and on a quest for democracy. This quest started with decentralization laws implemented in 2001, which gave greater autonomy to the regions, and continued with the direct elections for the national and local legislatures and the President in 2004. The latest development in this democratization process is the implementation of a system for the direct election of regional leaders, which began in 2005; the first round of elections across the nation for all governors, mayors and district heads was completed in 2008. Authors of the chapters in this volume, the result of a workshop in Singapore in 2006, present data from across the archipelago for these first direct elections for local leaders and give their assessment as to how far these elections have contributed to a deepening democracy.

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• Maribeth Erb is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.

• Priyambudi Sulistiyanto is Lecturer at Flinders Asia Centre, School of Political and International Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.

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