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Drifting between accommodation and repression:explaining Indonesia’s policies toward its separatists

Fujikawa, Kentaro (2017) Drifting between accommodation and repression:explaining Indonesia’s policies toward its separatists. Pacific Review, 30 (5). pp. 655-673. ISSN 0951-2748

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09512748.2017.1293713


A central government facing separatist activities adopts various policies to respond to them. In some cases, the government represses them harshly, while in other cases, it tries to accommodate the separatists’ demands. We currently have two strands in the literature to understand which policies are implemented by the government: the reputation theory and the cost-benefit calculation model. However, neither of them is sufficient to explain Indonesia’s policies toward its separatists in Aceh and Papua following democratization. Indonesia’s policies toward separatists have been drifting between accommodation and repression. To understand these policy shifts, this paper emphasizes the importance of the inner workings of the central government, introducing two variables: the preferences of national leaders and the existence of veto players. This paper demonstrates that these perspectives are essential in order to fully explain the Indonesian government’s policies toward its separatists.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2017 16:09
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:29

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