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Reformasi : The Struggle for power in post-Soeharto Indonesia - Kevin O'Rourke


The Struggle for power in post-Soeharto Indonesia

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In July 1996, President Soeharto crossed a point of no return. Small but vocal student groups were staging daily demonstrations to demand 'reformasi' - Indonesia's byword for democratic reform. Disturbed by the unprecedented show of dissent, Soeharto cracked down. But by demonstrating that he would cling to power through force, the 74-year-old president dashed hopes for a peaceful democratic transition. The world's fourth largest nation was rolling towards a high-stakes political crisis - pitting reformers against corruptors, Islamists against nationalists, and the elite against the Indonesian people... Drawing on scores of personal interviews and extensive bi-lingual research, Reformasi relates the course of Indonesian politics from 1996 through to the end of 2001. It recounts the collapse of the financial system, the downfall of Soeharto and the relentless power struggles of an unscrupulous ruling class. It unravels the headline-grabbing corruption scandals that bankrupted the economy, while shedding light on the skullduggery behind much of the country's continuing violence and strife - including the Trisakti shootings, the May 1998 riots and the scorched-earth campaign in East Timor... A full six years after Soeharto's July 1996 crackdown, the fate of the world's largest Muslim country still hangs in the balance. Reformasi provides fresh perspectives on political Islam, the prospects for democracy and the implications of military involvement in governance and business. Above all, Reformasi demonstrates that demands for reform are strong and enduring - but so too is the legacy of Soeharto... KEVIN O'ROURKE graduated from Harvard University before moving to Jakarta, where he has worked for eight years as an investment banker, consultant and political risk analyst. Throughout the height of the political transition, he scrutinised events first-hand by authoring the Van Zorge Report, an independent bi-weekly journal on politics and economics.

Preface..Map of Indonesia..Map of Jakarta..PART ONE - HUBRIS OF THE EARTH..Loomings..Legacy..Crisis of Confidence..Predatory State..Forcing Reform..'Closer to God' ..Impeccably Amok..Coup a la Java..PART TWO - TYRANNY OF THE ELITE ..Zing-a-Bust ..Photocopying Soeharto..'Cruelism versus Cruelism'..'Stay Indoors'..Nail of the Universe..Oligarchy of the Party Bosses ..Under-Democracy..'Slander is Worse Than Murder'..Heroes of Integration..PART THREE- MELEE OF THE ELITE ..Acrimony and Larceny ..Guerilla Politics ..Shock Therapy..East Timor Writ Large ..'Raid Cendana'..State of Emergency..Epilogue..Appendix I Rupiah Exchange Rate..Appendix II Short Biographies..Notes..Bibliography..Glossary..Notes on the text ..Index

ISBN: 9781741150032
ISBN-10: 1741150035
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 1st July 2002
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1