"Completely revised and updated, this new edition of The Politics of Indonesia is an engaging and accessible account of the main political issues and challenges confronting Indonesia as it moves forward into the twenty-first century. Since the forced resignation of Suharto as president in 1998, Indonesia has seemingly lurched from one crisis to the next: the country's first democratically elected president, Abdurrahman Wahid was ejected from government; the army has become politically active again; and militant Islamic politics and a chauvinistic nationalism have emerged as significant forces on the political landscape. Now, with the ascension of Megawati Sukarnoputri to the presidency, Damien Kingsbury looks in detail at her style of government and the fundamental issues and concerns facing Indonesia. The biggest question facing this heterogeneous nation seems to be whether the Republic of Indonesia will be able to hold together or whether this unitary state was just a brief moment in post-colonial history." "This book is a valuable resource for students of Asian studies, politics, and related disciplines. Likewise, it remains essential reading for those wishing to travel or do business in Indonesia and for anyone living in the strategic shadow of this important, diverse, and fragile country."
Contents: 1. Introduction -- 2. Traditional and Colonial Influences -- 3. From Independence to 1965 -- 4. The Rise of Suharto and After -- 5. The Rise and Fall of the Indonesian Economy -- 6. Signs of Division in Indonesian Domestic Politics -- 7. Political Opposition within Indonesia -- 8. The Role and Requirements of the Media -- 9. Assertions of Difference -- 10. Human Rights and the Law -- 11. Corruption -- 12. Endgame -- 13. The First Democratic President -- 14. The Recent Political Role of the Armed Forces -- Epilogue: The End of the Presidency of Abdurrahman Wahid.