Leadership and Culture in Indonesia
One of the world's leading Indonesian scholars tracks the origins and the recent course of the New Order, looks at the effect it has throughout Indonesian politics and society, and looks at potential for change when Suharto finally bows out....
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One of the world's leading Indonesian scholars tracks the origins and the recent course of the New Order, looks at the effect it has throughout Indonesian politics and society, and looks at potential for change when Suharto finally bows out.
Indonesia's New Order government has held power since 1966. What explains such extraordinary longevity? How much longer is it likely to last? This bok charts the origins and the recent course of the New Order. It firstly analyses the extraordinary leadership skills of President Suharto, who has managed for thirty years to accumulate and mobilise a winning combination of political resources of coercion, exchange, persuasion, and organisation. More specifically, Suharto's genius as a political entrepreneur, first in the mid 1960s and then in moments of crisis since, has been his ability to see that a political order based on military dominance, with himself at the head, could be built and maintained with resources acquired through market-oriented economic policies.If the effective leadership of Suharto-who was born in 1921-is the primary explanation for New Order longevity, will there be a change of regime after he leaves office? Is Indonesia likely to become more democratic, more authoritarian, or politically unstable? How will political change affect the market-oriented economic policies that have been responsible for a quarter century of growth? Several chapters examine the impact of economic and social change on contemporary politics and on the basis for future democratisation.The role of culture, especially contemporary Islamic and Javanese values, beliefs, and attitudes, is also highlighted. In a major departure from previous analyses, however, culture is treated not as a unitary, fixed determinant of behaviour, but rather as a complex and fluid resource, manipulated and deployed by politicians in the contest for power. In this perspective, Indonesia's current culture wars reflect and display the ongoing struggle for the country's political future.
Comprehensive coverage of recent Indonesian history, by one of the leaders in the field.
- Part 1: Suharto's Indonesia - Personal Rule And Political Institutions
- The Politics Of Shared Growth - Some Indonesian Cases
- Politics And Culture In Indonesia
- The Relative Autonomy Of The Third World Politician - Suharto And
- Indonesian Economic Development In Comparative Perspective. Part 2:
- Improvising Political Culutral Change - Three Indonesian Cases
- Indonesia's Democratic Past And Future
- Indonesia's Threefold Crisis
- The Politics Of Development Policy
- Can All Good Things Go Together?
- Democracy, Growth And Unity In Post-suharto Indonesia
- "media Dakwah" Scripturalism - One Form Of Islamic Political Thought And
- Action In New Order Indonesia.