Power and Political Culture in Suharto's Indonesia: The Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) and Decline of the New Order (1986-98)


Under Indonesia's authoritarian New Order regime, the continued existence of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) was meant to demonstrate the ostensibly democratic character of the regime. From the late 1980s, however, the PDI became more openly critical of government policies; in 1996 its popular leader was removed, a move that significantly damaged the popular legitimacy of the regime. Against this background, and looking at the PDI as a key political institution, this book assesses broader questions of political culture, political participation, regime maintenance, and opposition in the late Suharto era.

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