Revitalization of Rule of Law, Democracy and Good Governance Ideas as Modern State Pillar

Syafruddin Muhtamar, Anshori Ilyas, Abdul Razak


This article aims to explain in a reflective manner the main ideas underlying the operationalization of modern state, namely Rule of Law, Democracy and Good Governance, and to revitalize these ideas in the sublimity of human soul and the urgency of state organizations nature. The rule of law, democracy and good governance as intellectual products contain distinctive modern values. Historically, these ideas have a connection with the idea in the pre-modern century, especially the Renaissance era. Three main elements of modern state pillars are the supremacy of law, government of people and economic welfare. The essence of these three elements is rooted in science which is characterized by anthropocentrism and it ignores the potential of science that is theocentric in nature. Using reflective analysis method, the rule of law, democracy and good governance are disclosed based on the essential context of human soul true needs as citizens whose existence is not merely material, but also spiritual. The analysis shows the importance of the three main pillars of modern state to be revitalized to bring it closer to the sublime needs of human soul; so that the state power organized by law can build a good system of government because the basic idea is to balance the economic and spiritual orientation of human society in the state. Therefore, it can respond to human needs as well as the pragmatic needs of a modern and balanced society.

Keywords: Rule of Law, Democracy, Good Governance

DOI: 10.7176/PPAR/9-4-06

Publication date: April 30th 2019

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