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Ethnic politics and local political parties in Indonesia

Hillman, Benjamin

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Since Indonesia's return to multiparty democracy in 1999, national law makers have introduced regulations that effectively ban ethnic or regionally based political parties. A major exception to the rule can be found in the province of Aceh where ethnic separatists were granted the right to form their own political party to contest local elections in return for giving up their armed struggle for independence. In legislative elections held in 2009 the party of the former rebels - the Aceh Party -...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHillman, Benjamin
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:22:55Z
dc.identifier.issn1463-1369
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/66722
dc.description.abstractSince Indonesia's return to multiparty democracy in 1999, national law makers have introduced regulations that effectively ban ethnic or regionally based political parties. A major exception to the rule can be found in the province of Aceh where ethnic separatists were granted the right to form their own political party to contest local elections in return for giving up their armed struggle for independence. In legislative elections held in 2009 the party of the former rebels - the Aceh Party - won a landslide victory. Drawing on in-depth interviews with national party leaders and parliamentarians, this article examines the implications of the rise of the Aceh Party for Indonesia's political party system and the potential for ethnic-based parties to resolve ethnic conflict and secessionism in other parts of Indonesia, including in Papua where the failure of special autonomy arrangements has led to increased militancy among indigenous Papuans.
dc.publisherCarfax Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.sourceAsian Ethnicity
dc.subjectKeywords: Aceh; conflict; elections; Indonesia; peace building; political parties; post-conflict; regional autonomy; separatist movements
dc.titleEthnic politics and local political parties in Indonesia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume13
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160699 - Political Science not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB1332
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHillman, Benjamin, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage419
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage440
local.identifier.doi10.1080/14631369.2012.710078
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T08:45:13Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84866183296
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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