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Legal Evolution and Political Authority in Indonesia

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Daniel LevProfessor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Washington, USA

ISBN13: 9789041114211
ISBN: 9041114211
Published: July 2000
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
Price: £286.00

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For nearly 40 years, following the collapse of Indonesia's parliamentary system, Indonesia's once independent legal institutions were transformed into dedicated instruments of a powerful elite and allowed to sink into a deep mire of corruption and malfeasance. Legal process was devastated far beyond the capacity of any simple effort at reconstruction by post-Suharto governments. Indonesia's problems in this respect surpass those of other countries in the region compelled by economic crisis to re-examine institutional structures.;The works reprinted in this collection constitute a case study over time of legal decay and the rise of reform interests in one of the most complex countries in the world. Written during a period of more than 30 years, beginning in the early 1960s, the essays trace several themes in the legal history of modern Indonesia. They make clear, however, that legal history is seldom that alone, but rather, like law itself, is largely derivative, fundamentally imbedded in the interest, ideas, purposes, and contentions of local political, social, and economic power.

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Acknowledgements. Introduction. Colonial Law and the Genesis of the Indonesian State. Judicial Unification in Post-Colonial Indonesia. The Politics of Judicial Development in Indonesia. The Supreme Court and Adat Inheritance Law in Indonesia. The Lady and the Banyan Tree: Civil Law Change in Indonesia. Bush-Lawyers in Indonesia: Stratification, Representation, and Brokerage. Judicial Institutions and Legal Culture. Judicial Authority and the Quest for an Indonesian Rechtsstaat. The Origins of the Indonesian Advocacy. Legal Aid in Indonesia. Between State and Society: Professional Lawyers and Reform in Indonesia. Social Movements, Constitutionalism, and Human Rights. Index.