Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance, and Regime Change in Indonesia

Opposing Suharto: Compromise, Resistance, and Regime Change in Indonesia

by Edward Aspinall, Aspinall Edward
     
 
The opposition to Indonesian dictator Suharto was profoundly influenced by the mixture of repression and toleration for constrained forms of political action practiced by the regime, argues Aspinall (political and social change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University). The combination produced ambivalent participation-opposition,

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The opposition to Indonesian dictator Suharto was profoundly influenced by the mixture of repression and toleration for constrained forms of political action practiced by the regime, argues Aspinall (political and social change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University). The combination produced ambivalent participation-opposition, especially from middle class and elite groups benefiting from Suharto's economic policies, which hindered the emergence of a unified opposition with a coherent counter-ideology and organized mass base. Instead, changes in Indonesia's social structure, disunity with the governing elite, and the gradual expansion of the political space available to opposition forces were important factors in the mode of the regime's collapse. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Opposing Suharto should become the standard work on the last decade of the Suharto presidency."—Indonesia Journal

"Well written and documented."—Choice

"Aspinall's work warrants praise by the academic community and is an important and timely contribution to the literature on democratization and Southeast Asia."—History: Reviews of New Books

"This book contains the most comprehensive analysis available of political opposition in Indonesia during the long rule of Suharto. The book is impressive in that it deals with a wealth of data and complicated developments over a long period, and yet does so in a coherent and readable manner."—Pacific Affairs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804748445
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
01/27/2005
Series:
Contemporary Issues in Asia and Pacific Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Edward Aspinall is a Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He is the co-editor of The Last Days of President Suharto (1999).

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