"The Dutch Legacy in the Indonesian Parliament"
Ratih D Adiputri*
University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, PO BOX 35 (Ylistönmäki) FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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- Ratih D Adiputri
University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
PO BOX 35 (Ylistönmäki), FI-40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Tel: 358 (0)14 260
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: March 11, 2014; Accepted Date: June 20, 2014; Published Date: July 03, 2014
Citation: Adiputri RD (2014) “The Dutch Legacy in the Indonesian Parliament”. J Pol Sci Pub Aff 2:118. doi: 10.4172/2332-0761.1000118
Copyright: © 2014 Adiputri RD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The Indonesian parliament, the DPR, today presents its similar characteristics as the Dutch parliament in the 19th century. The historical trajectories show that when establishing the core of the parliament institution, the founding fathers copied what the colonial government had been practiced, and maintained during the authoritarian regime in Indonesia, accordingly the Dutch legacy lingered. Consequently, in the wave of democratic era, after the fall of the authoritarian president, the same institution should have adapted itself into a more democratic institution, but remained weak due to its outdated characteristics. This paper shows the historical aspects of the DPR and the lingered Dutch legacy to understand the DPR’s tradition. This paper concludes that the Indonesian parliament, DPR, is regarded more as a legislative body, instead as a parliament and a deliberative assembly.