Indonesian Democracy: From Transition to Consolidation

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Indonesia Project

Event details

Indonesia Study Group

Date & time

Wednesday 22 August 2012


Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU


Bill Liddle (Ohio State University)


Indonesia Project
+61 2 6125 3794
The scholarly literature in comparative politics distinguishes between democratic transitions and consolidations. In the Indonesian case, most scholars agree that the transition occurred between 1998 and 2004. A preponderance of evidence suggests that democracy has now consolidated, both behaviorally and attitudinally, but there are reasons to conclude tentatively. These include: some victories by anti-democratic forces; the dependence of popular support for democracy on popular evaluations of governmental policy performance; slower GDP growth than during the New Order; unstabilized electoral and legislative-executive systems; weak rule of law institutions; a high level of state intervention in the economy.

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