After the fall of New Order under the leadership of President Soeharto in Mei 1998, Indonesia has paved the way for the new era of democracy which is commonly called reformation era. Juan Linz and Alfred Stepan (1996) suggest that there are four main characteristics of democratic regime: 1) Does the goverment accept the rule of law; 2) does the institution of civil society operate free of goverment control; 3) are there free and fair elections with mass sufrage;) and 4) is the control of goverment to the electorate held directly or through a representative parliament. The authors suggest that the democratic consolidation has three meanings: first, behaviorally, no group seriously engaged in regime change; secondly, attitudely, most people accept that democracy is the best form of government; thirdly, constitutionally, the major organs of the state act based on the democratic institutions. They include freedom for the development of civil society, an autonomous and valued political society (political parties, elections, legislitures), rule of law, usable bureaucracy, and institutionalized economic society to mediate between the state and the market. According to the above charateristics, Indonesia after 1998 can be considered democratic regime. It also experiences democratic consolidation. As many have considered, Indonesia now is the largest democratic Muslim country in the world.

There is no doubt that Indonesia has experienced several changes in many aspects of social and political life such as freedom of speech, freedom of faith, and other civil liberties. The Indonesian Constitution of 1945 has been amanded four times to meet the need for political changes. One of the important political changes in the reformation era is the relationship between state and civil society. In the New Order regime, while the state was very strong the civil sociey was very weak. So, the state, as described by Thomas Hobbes, is like a leviathan which was very authoritarian, cruel, and uncriticable. But, in the reformation era, the situation was contrary. The people now are very strong vis-a-vis the state or the institutions of civil society operate free of goverment control. Even sometimes, the state seems to fail in finding effective ways when people do undemocratic actions such as violence and intolerance.  This is among other criticisms to the Indonesian government during the two decades of reformation.

To explain the complexity of democracy practices in Indonesian during the reformation era requires interdisciplinary scholarly imagination and new approaches. In order to achieve this goal, the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta, Indonesia, is inviting scholars, academics, researchers, and NGO members to join our 3rd International Conference. The Conference is entitled “Celebrating Two Decades of Indonesia’s Reformation: Reexamining Democracy, State, and Civil Societywhich will be held on the 14th -15th of November, 2017.

Aim and Scope
The Conference will address a range of critical issues and themes relating to democracy, state and civil society from varied disciplines such as political science, sociology, anthropology, international relations, and public policy. Invited speakers include some of the leading thinkers on these areas. We plan to provide numerous paper presentations. Fifty (50) selected papers will be included in Scopus indexed Conference Proceeding. We are inviting paper presentations addressing one of the following themes:

  1. State, civil society, and political change
  2. Identity, nationalism, and democracy
  3. Democracy, conflict, and political violence
  4. Election and political behavior
  5. Democracy, regionalism, and globalization
  6. Development, inequality, and democracy
  7. Regional autonomy and governance
  8. Women and political participation
  9. Youth and student movements

Invited Speakers

Venue and Activities

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University Jakarta, Indonesia.

Important Dates

Deadline of Abstract Submission             : 10th July 2017

Notification of Accepted Abstract            : 18th July 2017

Deadline of Full Papers Submission         : 4th September 2017

Registration Fee                                       : 4th September 2017

Conference Date                                       : 14th – 15th November 2017

Abstract and Paper Submission

An abstract of about 250 words should be submitted to the conference website  ( by 10th July 2017. All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by at least three independent reviewers from the conference boards.

Full papers of about 2000 words should be submitted by 4st September 2017 to the conference committee submission system as a word document. Regarding the paper format, we recommend using the IEEE format. This is only a recommendation and thus not compulsory. It can be found here :

Selected papers will be published in an internationally indexed conference proceeding, Thompson Reuters published by Atlantis Press. Please visit  for further information.

Registration Fee and Payment

International Participant      : USD$ 200

Domestic Participant            : Rp. 1.000.000,-

Students                               : Rp.    500.000,-

Payment Fee for The 3rd ICSPS 2017 transferred to:

Bank Name : Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)

Bank Branch : Fatmawati

Account Holder Name : RLP : 133 UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta

Account Number : 0189298613

Swift Code : BNINIDJA

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