Essay about Indonesia 's Government And The Rule Of Law On Indonesia

812 Words Nov 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Because of the uniqueness and complexity of Indonesia’s initial conditions Horowitz does not make any bold claims about the replicability of that country’s constitutional experience. He does, however, contend that Indonesia’s form of constitutional development was particularly suited for promoting democracy in that country. Given the role sequencing, incrementalism, and path dependency played in Horowitz’s narrative, additional research within a historical institutionalism vein might provide some transferable lessons. There are likely opportunities for conducting cross-country analysis between Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines to better determine if Indonesia is as unique as Horowitz claims. There are several social, political, and economic parallels between these countries that I think would reveal Indonesia is not particularly unique with detracting from Horowitz’s argument. That said, I’ll focus my extension comments on Indonesia-specific issues in keeping with Horowitz’s framework. Specifically, I’ll briefly touch upon the effects of party fragmentation and the rule of law on Indonesia’s democracy. Horowitz argues that Indonesia’s gradualist and incremental process of constitution making was not only appropriate, given its unique historical circumstances, but it also allowed legislators to adopt deeper reforms than might otherwise have been the case in a constitutional assembly. Key to completing this process was the successful translation of Indonesia’s…

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