The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam law : a serious response to Acehnese separatism?

Miller, Michelle Ann 2004, The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam law : a serious response to Acehnese separatism?, Asian ethnicity, vol. 5, no. 3, Special Issue : Four approaches to the Aceh question, pp. 333-351.

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Title The Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam law : a serious response to Acehnese separatism?
Author(s) Miller, Michelle Ann
Journal name Asian ethnicity
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue : Four approaches to the Aceh question
Start page 333
End page 351
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2004-10
ISSN 1463-1369
1469-2953
Keyword(s) Aceh
decentralisation
autonomy
Syari'ah
revenue
election
Summary The passing of Law No. 18 of 2001 on 'Special Autonomy for the Province of Aceh Special Region as the Province of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam' signified a major development in the Indonesian government's strategy to resolve Aceh's protracted conflict. Ratified by President Megawati Sukarnoputri on 9 August 2001, the 'NAD law' conferred unprecedented authority to Aceh over its internal affairs. This paper evaluates the challenges that have been involved in implementing the three main tenets of the legislation — aspects of Syari'ah (Islamic law), the return of Aceh's natural resource revenue and a provision to hold direct local elections. The paper argues that the Megawati administration's failure to redress Acehnese grievances through special autonomy largely stems from its suspicion of the NAD law itself, its greater reliance on militaristic measures than on political policies in Aceh, and pre-existing systemic factors such as Aceh's dysfunctional state infrastructure, corrupt political culture and war economy.
Language eng
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
Socio Economic Objective 940203 Political Systems
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022869

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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