"Reorganizing Power in Indonesia i"s the first deep and broad-ranging assessment of Indonesian political economy since the fall of the new order.
The authors suggest that the volatile and political upheavals that have racked Indonesia over the past two decades can be understood essentially in terms of the rise of a complex politico-business oligarchy and the reorganization of its power through successive crises, and the colonizing and expropriating of new political and market institutions. The book challenges neo-liberal economic assumptions that change is driven by rational utility-maximizing individuals and instead of emphasizes that policies and institutions are forges in bitter social conflicts over power and its distribution.
Encompassing the most important political economic and political developments in Indonesia over the last 40 years, Robison and Hadiz shed new light on the Soeharto regime and the transition to a post-Soeharto era. The book traces the forging of oligarchy through to its triumph in the 1980s and 1990 and then explains how, weakened by crisis, it reorganized its economic position and largely passed its debt on to the state. With the collapse of centralized rule and old alliances, the authors suggest that the way was left open for the oligarchy to reconstitute its power via new accommodations with the state and populist and predatory interest within broader society.
This book will be invaluable for anyone studying Southeast Asian politics and will have strong appeal to readers interested in political economy, political sociology and development studies.
'Richard Robison and Vedi Hadiz have delivered the most comprehensive and analytically sound book on the politics of post-New Order Indonesia written so far.' - The Jakarta Post
'In this information-packed and theoretically sophisticated analysis, Robison and Hadiz brilliantly argue that, in spite of Indonesia's economic successes and the collapse of Suharto's regime, power arrangements in the country still operate to keep an oligarchy in command.' - Lucien W. Pye, Foreign Affairs
Series: Routledgecurzon/City University of Hong Kong South East Asian Studies, 3.
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 5th February 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1