Power Politics and the Indonesian MilitaryHardback
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- Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon
- Format: Hardback | 304 pages
- Dimensions: 158mm x 234mm x 22mm | 599g
- Publication date: 1 August 2003
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 041529729X
- ISBN 13: 9780415297295
- Edition statement: New.
- Illustrations note: 1 black & white tables
- Sales rank: 1,171,116
Throughout the postwar history of Indonesia, the military have played a key role in the politics of the country and in imposing unity on a fragmentary state. The collapse of the authoritarian New Order government of President Suharto weakened the state and the armed forces briefly lost their grip on control of the archipelago. However, under President Megawati, the military has again begun to assert itself, and re-impose its heavy hand on control of the state, most notably in the fracturing outer provinces. Based on extensive original research, this book examines the role of the military in Indonesian politics. It looks at the role of the military historically, examines the different ways it is involved in politics, and considers how the role of the military might develop in what is still an uncertain future.
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Damien Kingsbury is Head of Philosophical, International and Political Studies and Senior Lecturer in International Development at Deakin University, Victoria, Australia. He is the author of several books, including The Politics of Indonesia (2nd ed., 2002), South-East Asia: A Political Profile (2001) and Indonesia: The Uncertain Transition (2001). His main area of work is in political development, in particular in assertions of self-determination.
'deserves a wide audience. Kingsbury's volume is especially helpful since it can either be read as a book or dipped into via its helpful index and glossary as a kind of encyclopaedia.' - ASEASUK News 'As an overview into the role of the Indonesian armed forces both in its military, political and economic activities, Kingsbury's study is a valuable contribution ... .' - Journal of Malaysian Studies
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Context, Continuity and Change; Chapter 3. The Functional Structure of the TNI; Chapter 4. Factions, Reform and Reassertion; Chapter 5. The Political Economy of the TNI; Chapter 6. The More Things Change..; References