Indonesia's regional representative assembly: democracy, representation and the regions. A report on the Dewan Perwakilan Daerah (DPD)

4 Dec 2006

This study provides an introduction to the structure and operation of Indonesia's Dewan Perwakilan Daerah (DPD) or Regional Representative Assembly/Council, created with the intention of increasing the role of the regions in making laws. It examines some of the key issues that have emerged in discussion and debate about the DPD in its early formative period. The study considers certain questions about whether the DPD is as representative of the regions as its proponents would claim, whether it has provided a new entry point for regional aspirations into political and policy debate and what problems the DPD faces in attempting to define a role for itself in the future of Indonesian politics.

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