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Reorganising Power in Indonesia : The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets - Richard Robison

Reorganising Power in Indonesia

The Politics of Oligarchy in an Age of Markets

Paperback Published: 26th February 2004
ISBN: 9780415332538
Number Of Pages: 328

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"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.

Industry Reviews

'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 editors' prefacep. ix
Prefacep. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Abbreviations and Glossaryp. xvii
Historical and theoretical frameworksp. 1
Introduction: Economic crisis and the paradoxes of transitionp. 3
Theories of change and the case of Indonesiap. 18
The genesis of oligarchy: Soeharto's New Order 1965-1982p. 40
The triumph of oligarchy 1982-1997p. 69
Hijacking the marketsp. 71
Capturing the political regimep. 103
Disorganising civil societyp. 120
The oligarchy in crisis 1997-1998p. 145
Economic catastrophep. 147
Political unravellingp. 164
Oligarchy reconstitutedp. 185
Reorganising economic powerp. 187
Reorganising political powerp. 223
Can oligarchy survive?p. 253
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 292
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ISBN: 9780415332538
ISBN-10: 0415332532
Series: Routledgecurzon/City University of Hong Kong South East Asian Studies, 3.
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 26th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1

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