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Democratization and ethnic politics in Indonesia: Nine theses

Aspinall, Edward


After the downfall of President Suharto in 1998, communal violence occurred in several Indonesian provinces, producing an image of the country as one characterized by strong ethnic politics. In this article, I propose that this image is mistaken. The political salience of ethnicity has subsided greatly as a new democratic system has settled into place. Overall, Indonesia is a weakly ethnicized polity. Ethnicity still counts in arenas such as local elections, but what prevails is a soft form of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of East Asian Studies
DOI: 10.5555/1598-2408-11.2.289


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