Party Politics and Democratization in Indonesia

Party Politics and Democratization in Indonesia

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Party Politics and Democratization in Indonesia: Golkar in the Post-Suharto Era provides the first in-depth analysis of contemporary Indonesian party politics and the first systematic explanation why Golkar is still the strongest party in Indonesia. Applying a multi-dimensional conceptual framework of party institutionalization theory, the book examines Golkara€™s organizational infrastructure, its decisional autonomy and programmatic platform as well as the partya€™s relations to the mass media. Strengths and weaknesses in the individual dimensions of institutionalization are then contrasted with the corresponding levels of institutionalization reached by Indonesiaa€™s other major parties. Tomsa argues that Golkar remains Indonesiaa€™s strongest party because it is better institutionalized than its electoral competitors. However, while highlighting the former regime partya€™s strengths in key aspects of party institutionalization, he also shows that Golkar also has some considerable institutional weaknesses which in 2004 prevented the party from achieving an even better result in the general election As an empirical study on Golkar, and Indonesia's other major political parties, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Southeast Asian politics, political parties and elections and democratization.As two in three Indonesians watch television almost every day (Asia Foundation 2003: 159), it is clear that the ... In Indonesiaa#39;s post-authoritarian environment, the media have been very eager in their efforts to distribute political ... Since advertisement slots were priced at between Rp.2a€“20 million, 63 PDI-Pa#39;s massive campaign was a clear indication of the Table 7.6 Frequency of TV appearances of majoranbsp;...

Title:Party Politics and Democratization in Indonesia
Author:Dirk Tomsa
Publisher:Routledge - 2008-09-03


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