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

Stephen Sherlock

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    Abstract

    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, 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)551-568
    JournalSouth East Asia Research
    Volume20
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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