Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective

Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective

by Vedi Hadiz

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Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia: A Southeast Asia Perspective by Vedi Hadiz

This book is about how the design of institutional change results in unintended consequences. Many post-authoritarian societies have adopted decentralization—effectively localizing power—as part and parcel of democratization, but also in their efforts to entrench "good governance." Vedi Hadiz shifts the attention to the accompanying tensions and contradictions that define the terms under which the localization of power actually takes place. In the process, he develops a compelling analysis that ties social and institutional change to the outcomes of social conflict in local arenas of power.
Using the case of Indonesia, and comparing it with Thailand and the Philippines, Hadiz seeks to understand the seeming puzzle of how local predatory systems of power remain resilient in the face of international and domestic pressures. Forcefully persuasive and characteristically passionate, Hadiz challenges readers while arguing convincingly that local power and politics still matter greatly in our globalized world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804768528
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Series: Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific Series
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vedi R. Hadiz is Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore. Most recently, he is the editor of Empire and Neoliberalism in Asia (2006).

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