Australian Journal of Asian Law, (2008), Vol 10 (2): 233-267
Najwa Shihab, Yanuar Nugroho
There are clear indications that Indonesia’s Prosperous Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera or PKS) has shifted from being a hardline (garis keras) Islamist party, to take a more moderate stance, with significant changes to its platform. Prominent among these are decisions to step back from earlier demands for the enforcement of Islamic law and the creation of an Islamic state in Indonesia, as well as major modifications to doctrinal positions relating to the legal status of women as leaders, and formal relations with non-Muslims. This article investigates the factors that have contributed to this shift, and argues that it is a result of political processes in Indonesia that compel PKS to moderate its platform to expand its constituency. It is also argued that an ideological transformation has taken place within PKS, that the transformation is genuine, albeit contested internally, and that it is probably necessary for electoral success.
Najwa Shihab is an Indonesian journalist specialising in law, politics and social change. She has been working as an anchor and host of political talk shows on an Indonesian national television network. She is currently undertaking a Masters program in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.
Yanuar Nugroho is Research Associate with the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at the University of Manchester. His research interests include new media innovation and social change, focusing on civic politics and democracy. He is also active in the Indonesian NGO movement and is associated with Business Watch Indonesia (BWI), Uni Sosial Demokrat and ELSPPAT.
This article is dated 2008, but was just out in September 2009 :-). Read the full article here, or here. Or if you cannot get the access, email me or Najwa and we perhaps can share the pre-publication proof for you – depending what it is for .. :-)
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Studi penggunaan teknologi informasi dan komunikasi di kalangan kelompok/organisasi masyarakat sipil di Indonesia bagi perubahan sosial
Secara umum, studi ini terletak dalam gagasan mengenai ‘studi inovasi’ dan ‘teknologi dan perubahan sosial’. Secara khusus, studi ini mempelajari bagaimana kelompok/organisasi masyarakat sipil (selanjutnya demi hemat kata, disingkat CSO, civil society organisation) menggunakan teknologi informasi, khususnya yang termediasi oleh komputer dan melalui internet (internet-based CMC), untuk mencapai misi dan tujuannya melakukan perubahan sosial.
Sumiah, 26, hails from Mojokerto, East Java. A permanent employee in a furniture factory for more than eight years, last year she was made a part-time worker, along with some 200 others. Their employer told them that the company needed to be “flexible” to stay in business.
The Jakarta Post, 20th Anniversary Special Edition, 25 April 2003
Progress With Indonesia – Trade and Industry section
From the Asian Social Forum at Hyderabad, India, in January 2003 to the World Social Forum at Porto Allegre, Brazil, in February 2003, held as the alternative to the World Economic Forum in Davos, strong criticism – if not rejection- has been leveled at the current practice of globalization.
But which practice?