Publication delayed (Originally scheduled in May 2001).
It has sometimes been argued that many Indonesians had little sympathy with western notions of elections being events for the contesting and transfer of power and that they rather supported the New Order's use of 'festivals of democracy', elections as occasions at which the mass of ordinary Indonesians were given the opportunity to celebrate the country's achievements under the rule of its New Order leadership as well as legitimize the continued rule of these leaders. But the need to stage-manage these 'elections' as New Order triumphs finally undid the regime. With chapters describing the last New Order election and the first free election in the post-Suharto era, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the demise of the New Order, and the directions being taken by the emerging regime.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors viii
Glossary and abbreviations x
1 Introduction 1 (17)
2 General elections under the New Order 18 (20)
3 Patronage, aliran and Islamic ideologies 38 (23)
during elections in Jombang, East Java
4 Politicization of religion and the failure of 61 (16)
Islamic parties in the 1999 general election
5 Traditional power and party politics in North 77 (34)
6 National elections, local issues: the 1997 111 (27)
and 1999 national elections in a village on Java
7 Elections and the media: a discourse analysis 138 (24)
of the 1997 and 1999 elections in Indonesia