chapter  11
Civil society and the challenges of the post-Suharto era
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The broader historical, political and economic context cannot be ignored in any analysis regarding the reasons and timing for Suharto’s fall, yet the role of what is commonly known as ‘civil society’ is increasingly emphasized.1

In particular, the leading role of student activists in the broader movement for social and political change has been widely acknowledged, nationally and internationally. Whereas the students may have attracted the limelight and constituted one of the core groups of the pro-democracy movement, they certainly only represented one of numerous civil society groups.