Comparing Indonesia's party systems of the 1950s and the post-Suharto era: From centrifugal to centripetal inter-party competition

@article{Mietzner2008ComparingIP,
  title={Comparing Indonesia's party systems of the 1950s and the post-Suharto era: From centrifugal to centripetal inter-party competition},
  author={Marcus Mietzner},
  journal={Journal of Southeast Asian Studies},
  year={2008},
  volume={39},
  pages={431 - 453}
}
  • M. Mietzner
  • Published 11 September 2008
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
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