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Activists in TransitionProgressive Politics in Democratic Indonesia$
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Thushara Dibley and Michele Ford

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501742477

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501742477.001.0001

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Introduction: Social Movements and Democratization in Indonesia

Introduction: Social Movements and Democratization in Indonesia

(p.1) Introduction: Social Movements and Democratization in Indonesia
Activists in Transition

Thushara Dibley

Michele Ford

Cornell University Press

This introductory chapter focuses on the collective contribution of progressive social movements to Indonesia's transition to democracy and their collective fate in the decades since. This sets the scene for the case studies to follow. It also explains how the relationship between social movements and democratization is understood in this context. Social movements consist of networks involving a diverse range of actors, including individuals, groups, or organizations that may be loosely connected or tightly clustered. Democratization, meanwhile, is a process through which a polity moves toward “a system of governance in which rulers are held accountable for their actions in the public realm by citizens, acting indirectly through the competition and cooperation of their elected representatives.”

Keywords:   social movements, democratization, Indonesia, democracy, governance

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