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Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia

A Southeast Asia Perspective

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Localising Power in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia by Vedi Hadiz
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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.

Author Biography

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).
Release date Australia
January 25th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Stanford University Press
Pages
264
Dimensions
157x231x25
ISBN-13
9780804768528
Product ID
4036120

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