Power Politics and the Indonesian Military

Power Politics and the Indonesian Military


Edited by Damien Kingsbury


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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: references

Product description

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. Given the tension between military authority and democratisation, the question now is: What will the role of the military be in Indonesia going forward? And, how far will the military allow the unity of the Indonesian state to be compromised? This book, based on extensive original research, 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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Author information

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.

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'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