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Assessing dynamics of democratisation : transformative politics, new institutions, and the case of Indonesia

Author: Olle Törnquist
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
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"Grows out of attempts by academicians and activists to contribute to transformative politics by developing a way of acquiring better contextual sources and analysing the processes and problems of democratisation in a theoretically more inclusive way than in the mainstream assessments that have come to parallel the industry of measuring economic growth. The book summarises the critique of these approaches, suggests  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Olle Törnquist
ISBN: 9781137369345 1137369345 9781349474899 1349474894
OCLC Number: 868133565
Description: xviii, 302 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Table of Contents --
Preface 1. Introduction --
PART I: WHY ALTERNATIVE ASSESSMENTS? --
2. Democracy, Democratisation and Assessments --
3. The Origins of Assessments --
4. Insufficient Structural Analyses --
5. The Puzzling Third Wave of Democracy --
6. Unintended Outcome --
7. Current Positions on Democratisation --
8. The Case for an Alternative --
9. The Task Ahead --
10. Second Thoughts --
11. Structure of the Book --
12. The Case of Indonesia --
13. The Rise and Crisis of Early Democracy --
14. Broad Agreement: Democracy Premature --
15. The Old Left and Democracy --
16. The Rise of a New Democracy Movement and the Overthrow of Dictatorship --
17. Parachuting the Crafting of Democracy --
18. The Quest for an Alternative --
19. Uncertainties --
20. Tracing the Dynamics of the Anti-Suharto Pro-democracy Actors --
21. Mapping and Analysing the Post-Suharto Democracy Movement --
22. Surveying Democracy from Below --
PART II: THE INSTITUTIONS OF DEMOCRACY --
23. The Institutions of Democracy --
24. Inclusive Assessments of Institutions 25. Points of Departure --
26. Beetham's List of Institutions --
27. Problems and Additions --
28. The Constitution of Public Affairs and the Demos --
29. Quality but also Extension, Spread and Form --
30. Democratic Capacity of Governments --
31. Beyond Liberal-democratic Institutions --
32. Realistic Number of Intrinsic Institutions --
33. The Thirteen Sets of Intrinsic Institutions --
24. Indonesia's Liberal Turnabout --
25. Impressive though Deteriorating Freedoms --
26. Efforts to Improve Governance --
27. Country-wide Political Community --
28. Monopolised Representation --
29. Conclusion --
PART III: ACTORS AND INSTITUTIONS --
30. The Crucial Actors' and their Relations to the Institutions of Democracy --
31. The Main Actors --
32. Actors' Position on Democracy --
33. Actors' Effect on Institutions --
34. Institutions' Influence on Actors --
35. Adaptive Indonesian Elites --
and Evasive Pro-democrats --
36. Politically Strong Dominant Actors and Weak Pro-democrats --
37. Adaption and Evasion --
38. The Relative Stability of Democracy Rests with Elitist Inclusion of People --
PART IV: ACTORS AND POWER --
39. Actors' Political Capacity --
40. Political Inclusion (versus Exclusion) --
41. Authority and Legitimacy --
42. Politicisation and Agenda-setting --
43. Mobilisation and Organisation --
44. Participation and Representation --
45. The Concept of Representation --
46. The Chain of Popular Sovereignty Approach --
47. The Direct Democracy Approach --
48. Unifying Focus on the Priniples of Democratic Representation --
49. Key Questions --
50. The 'where-question' --
51. The 'how question' --
52. Power Matters: the Case of Indonesia --
53. Powerful and Hegemonic --
54. Democrats on the Sidelines --
PART V: ACTORS AND DEMOCRATISATION --
55. Actor's Strategies and Democratisation --
56. Strategies and Democratisation --
57. The Crucial Problems of Democratisation --
58. De-politicisation of Democracy --
59. Poor Popular Representation --
60. Flawed Linkages in the Political System --
61. The Key Problems of Fragmentation, Representation and Transformation --
62. Rethinking Indonesian Pro-democrats --
63. The Historical Legacies --
64. Rethinking Activists --
65. Society Driven Projects --
66. Party-cum-candidate Driven Projects --
67. Lost Opportunities in Aceh --
68. The Risks: a Return to the 'politics of order' --
69. Conclusion --
PART VI: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS --
70. From Results to Democracy Promotion --
71. Research Based Recommendations --
72. Cooperation with Practitioners --
73. The Need for Comparative Insights --
74. Upside Down Comparisons --
75. The General Case of Transformative Politics --
76. The Scandinavian Trail --
77. Social Pact for Inclusive Growth --
78. Political Conditions --
79. (1) The Dynamics of Popular Organisation, State and Universal Welfare Programmes --
80. (2) Unification and Interest-based Representation --
81. Current Challenges
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