Indonesia Study Group
Date & time
Wednesday 22 August 2012
Seminar Room B, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, ANU
Bill Liddle (Ohio State University)
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.