By Mirjam Künkler, Alfred Stepan

Indonesia's army executive collapsed in 1998, igniting fears that financial, spiritual, and political conflicts may complicate any democratic transition. but in each year on account that 2006, the world's so much populous Muslim kingdom has obtained excessive marks from foreign democracy-ranking agencies. during this quantity, political scientists, non secular students, felony theorists, and anthropologists research the idea and perform of Indonesia's democratic transition and its skill to function a version for different Muslim nations. They examine the Indonesian instance with comparable situations in Chile, Spain, India, and Tunisia, in addition to with the failed transitions of Yugoslavia, Egypt, and Iran. Essays discover the connection among faith and politics and the ways that Muslims grew to become supportive of democracy even ahead of swap happened, they usually describe how cutting edge rules avoided dissident army teams, violent non secular activists, and secessionists from disrupting Indonesia's democratic evolution. the gathering concludes with a dialogue of Indonesia's rising "legal pluralism" and of which of its types are rights-eroding and rights-protecting.

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Behaviors: Challenges to the Democratic Transition and State and Their Transcendence Notwithstanding the fact there had been a broad attitudinal consensus in favor of democracy in Indonesia, some strategically placed groups were seen as having the potential power to derail democratization or fragment the state: the military could have imposed great limits on the state’s authority or overthrown it; violent Islamic groups could have sparked religious conflict; and regional separatists, if successful, could have eroded the legitimacy of democratic incumbents and been a source of calls for the return of the military.

24 In contrast, in Brazil, whose democratic transition began in 1989, most of the heavily armed police units are still under the command of the military authority more than twenty years later and have received relatively little state-of-the-art training in police investigation or international intelligence cooperation. From the Threat of Disintegration to New Mechanisms of Democratic Participation and Territorial Integration In a geopolitical and historical context where the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia had recently territorially disintegrated, there was great concern within the Indonesian military about the possible fragmentation of Indonesia.

Thus, regional laws that violate national laws or constitutionally embedded human rights standards are de jure invalid, even without review by the Supreme Court or Ministry of Home Affairs. However, local civil servants and legislators often do not govern and legislate according to the “hierarchy of laws,” and rights-reducing regional laws remain on the books. The central government has not made a point of exercising vigorously any one of the three mechanisms it legally has to enforce legal hierarchy.

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