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Curbing the Oligarchy

It is necessary for civil society to mobilize public awareness on the dangers of the oligarchy. It also needs to build citizens\' assertive approach to rejecting every form of political and economic-financial oligarchy.

· 6 minutes read

Azyumardi Azra

The intensifying oligarchy has been one of the most prominent phenomena in the development of Indonesian politics over the last several years. Many political institutions and observers have mentioned this phenomenon as one of the main indicators of the decline of Indonesian democracy. The oligarchy continues to expand as the corpulent political coalition in the House of Representatives (DPR) strengthens. The huge government coalition, comprising the factions of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (F-PDIP), the Golkar Party (F-PG), the Nasdem (F-Nasdem), the National Awakening Party (F-PKB), Gerindra (F-Gerindra), the United Development Party (F-PPP), and the National Mandate Party (F-PAN), can take many political steps. The remaining two factions of the Prosperous Justice Party (F-PKS) and the Democratic Party (F-Partai Demokrat) are nearly powerless to stop it.

The almost unstoppable intensification of the oligarchy can be seen in a number of political steps taken by top public officials and the political elite in both the executive and the judiciary. Those who can be called political "oligarchs" frequently make decisions regarding the public interest in their own circles, without significantly involving the broader public represented by civil society organizations, professional unions, mass organizations, and NGOs.

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