Ideology, institutions, political actions: Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Indonesia

  • Ahmad-Norma Permata (Autor/in)


This article studies the political behavior of an Indonesian Islamist party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). Critics have argued that there are undemocratic elements in the PKS ideology - such as mixing religion with politics and its perceptions on gender equality and religious pluralism - and thus its participation in democratic politics seems to be neither serious nor sustainable. Applying North's theory of new institutionalism, this research found that ideology is dominant as a guideline for party behavior whenever the formal institutions are ineffective, and it will be less so when the formal rules of the game function properly.