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Made by committee and consensus: Parties and policy in the Indonesian parliament

Sherlock, Stephen

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The study of political parties in the parliamentary arena in Indonesia is in its infancy. This has led to various assumptions about the way parties act in the House of People's Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, or DPR) that are based on scanty evidence and are heavily influenced by hostile attitudes to the DPR common in the media and the NGO community. The paper argues that, contrary to assertions that central party leaders exercise strict discipline over their members in parliament,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSherlock, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:19:46Z
dc.identifier.issn0967-828X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/71986
dc.description.abstractThe study of political parties in the parliamentary arena in Indonesia is in its infancy. This has led to various assumptions about the way parties act in the House of People's Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, or DPR) that are based on scanty evidence and are heavily influenced by hostile attitudes to the DPR common in the media and the NGO community. The paper argues that, contrary to assertions that central party leaders exercise strict discipline over their members in parliament, coordination between party and caucuses, or fraksi, is weak, inconsistent and ad hoc. The paper concludes that this situation is facilitated by the eschewing of public votes through the process of decision making by 'consensus', a practice that is actually a vote by fraksi leaders to the exclusion of ordinary members.
dc.publisherUniversity of London
dc.sourceSouth East Asia Research
dc.subjectKeywords: decision making; nongovernmental organization; party politics; political participation; voting behavior; Indonesia Consensus; Indonesia; Parliament; Political parties
dc.titleMade by committee and consensus: Parties and policy in the Indonesian parliament
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume20
dc.date.issued2012
local.identifier.absfor160606 - Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
local.identifier.ariespublicationf5625xPUB2990
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSherlock, Stephen, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage551
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage568
local.identifier.doi10.5367/sear.2012.0121
dc.date.updated2016-02-24T09:04:40Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84872292945
local.identifier.thomsonID000311288800014
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