Activists in TransitionProgressive Politics in Democratic Indonesia

Activists in TransitionProgressive Politics in Democratic Indonesia

Thushara Dibley and Michele Ford

Print publication date: 2020

ISBN: 9781501742477

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Abstract

This book examines the relationship between social movements and democratization in Indonesia. Collectively, progressive social movements have played a critical role in ensuring that different groups of citizens can engage directly in—and benefit from—the political process in a way that was not possible under authoritarianism. However, their individual roles have been different, with some playing a decisive role in the destabilization of the regime and others serving as bell-weathers of the advancement, or otherwise, of Indonesia's democracy in the decades since. Equally important, democratization has affected social movements differently depending on the form taken by each movement during the New Order period. The book assesses the contribution that nine progressive social movements have made to the democratization of Indonesia since the late 1980s, and how, in turn, each of those movements has been influenced by democratization.