Chapter Three: Indonesia

Author: Akkoyunlu, Karabekir

Source: The Adelphi Papers, Volume 47, Number 392, July 2007 , pp. 45-64(20)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

There is no recipe for democratisation that can be readily applied to all countries. Every country presents unique factors that influence the fate of its democratic reforms, which must therefore be evaluated within their specific socio-political, cultural and historical context. Building on this premise, this paper examines military reform and democratisation through the experiences of Turkey and Indonesia, two democratising countries with predominantly Muslim populations, secular regimes, and militaries that are deeply involved in politics. The paper strives to explain why both the Turkish and Indonesian militaries, which have developed a sense of ownership over the state, may be wary of democratic change; how 'the people' perceive the military's traditional role in society; and in which direction societal and military attitudes towards democratic reform have been moving over the years. In relating these domestic observations to various external factors, it seeks to identify the regional and global trends, events and actors that promote and obstruct the development of substantive democracy in each country, and to draw broader lessons for the study of democratisation and military reform.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/05679320701766009

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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