In Politics in Contemporary Indonesia, Ken M.P. Setiawan and Dirk Tomsa analyse the most prominent political ideas, institutions, interests and issues that shape Indonesian politics today. Guided by the overarching question whether Indonesia still deserves its famous label as a ‘model Muslim democracy’, the book argues that the most serious threats to Indonesian democracy emanate from the fading appeal of democracy as a compelling narrative, the increasingly brazen capture of democratic institutions by predatory interests, and the narrowing public space for those who seek to defend the values of democracy. In so doing, the book answers the following key questions:
• What are the dominant political narratives that underpin Indonesian politics?
• How has Indonesia’s institutional framework evolved since the onset of democratisation in 1998?
• How do competing political interests weaken or strengthen Indonesian democracy?
• How does declining democracy affect Indonesia’s prospects for dealing with its main policy challenges?
• How does Indonesia compare to other Muslim-majority states and to its regional neighbours?
Up-to-date, comprehensive and written in an accessible style, this book will be of interest for both students and scholars of Indonesian politics, Asian Studies, Comparative Politics and International Relations.