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The problem of presidential-multiparty system

  • Hanta Yuda A.R.

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 3 2010   /  09:51 am

The discourse on the need to increase the level of parliamentary threshold — the minimum threshold that is required to gain seats in the parliament — from 2.5 percent in the 2009 legislative elections to 5 percent in the 2014 elections in the revised elections law has been increasingly discussed. The main argument to increase the parliamentary threshold is to simplify the number of political parties, while at the same time improving the quality of democracy and the effectiveness of the presidential government. The problem is that the extreme multiparty system is considered as one culprit that inhibits the
workings of the presidential government and disrupts the quality of democracy. This condition raises important questions. First, how does the fragmented multiparty system influence the political stability and the work of the presidential system in Indonesia? Juan Linz and Arturo...