Reformasi : crisis and change in Indonesia /
edited by Arief Budiman, Barbara Hatley and Damien Kingsbury.
Clayton, Australia : Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, c1999.
viii, 402 p. ; 24 cm.
0732611792 (pbk.)
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Clayton, Australia : Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, c1999.
0732611792 (pbk.)
general note
"This book is an outcome of the conference Democracy in Indonesia? The crisis and beyond, held at ... Melbourne, Australia on 11 and 12 December 1998, which was jointly organised by the Institute for Asian Languages and Studies at the University of Melbourne and the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies and the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University"--P. [390].
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Edward Aspinall teaches Indonesian language and politics at the University of New South Wales David Bourchier lectures in Asian Studies and Indonesian at the University of Western Australia Arief Budiman Professor of Indonesian at the University of Melbourne, Australia Harold Crouch is a Senior Fellow in the Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University Halim HD is a cultural organiser based in Solo Barbara Hatley is the Director of the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies at Monash University Ariel Heryanto is teaching at the Southeast Asian Studies Program, National University of Singapore Damien Kingsbury is the Executive Officer of the Monash Asia Institute Rita Serena Kolibonso SH, LLM is the executive Director of Mitra Perempuan Women's Crisis Centre in Jakarta, and the Deputy Chairperson of the National Commission on Violence against Women Max Lane is National Coordinator of Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET) Timothy Lindsey is Associate Director (Southeast Asia) of the Asian Law Centre and a Senior Associate of the Faculty of Law, both at the University of Melbourne. He is also a Barrister-at-Law and convenor of the Indonesia Forum at the University of Melbourne Todung Mulya Lubis is a prominent Indonesian human rights lawyer. He is a partner in the firm Lubis, Santosa and Maulana. He also teaches at the University of Indonesia Mark McGillivray is Associate Professor of International Development in the School of Social Science and Planning at RMIT University in Melbourne. He is also an external Fellow of the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade in the Department of Economics at the University of Nottingham Mas Achmad Santosa is a lecturer in Environmental Law at the Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, a member of IUCN (The World Conservation Union) and Executive Director of ICEL (Indonesian Center for Environmental Law) Marcus Mietzner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Social Change, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta Muhammad Chatib Basri is a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University Mohammad Fajrul Falaakh is a lecturer at Gadjah Mada University Law School, Yogyakarta, and Pro-chairman of the Central Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Jakarta Oliver Morrissey is Director of the Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT) and Senior Lecturer in the School of Economics at the University of Nottingham Th Sumartana is a Protestant theologian who obtained his PhD from the Freie Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1991. He has lectured at Satyawana University in Salatiga, and now works as the Director of the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue (Interfidei) in Yogyakarta Gerry van Klinken is the editor of Inside Indonesia magazine. He teaches Indonesian Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane Vedi R Hadiz obtained his PhD from Murdoch University, where he is a research fellow with the Asia Research Centre Ken Young is professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Asia-Australia Research Centre at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-06:
Both volumes concentrate on the Indonesian crisis since 1996. Reformasi is a collection of 19 essays presented at a conference in Melbourne, Australia, in December 1998; Indonesian Politics in Crisis is a dissertation. Though both works are critical of Indonesia, the essays in Reformasi are often exhortative; with two exceptions they repeat rumor, accusations, and allegations to make passionate points. Harold Crouch's phrase "without much hard evidence" in his essay on military civilian relations is unique. The same essay examines the organization of the Indonesian army, which is divided into combat and territorial units. The former are mainly Strategic Reserves, KOSTRAD (about 18,000), and Special Forces, KOPASSUS (about 5,000), a relatively small number for an archipelago of 17,000 islands and 200 million people. The territorial units are in effect local militia. This is crucial, as the army is blamed for the often inexcusable behavior of some territorial militia. But the possibility that the defamation of commanders of combat forces might have contributed to the militia's unruly conduct is never considered. The last essay presents an instructive discussion of Indonesia's "rechtsstaat" tradition and the fallacy of criticizing it for not having complied with common law standards. It is especially sad that scholars and journalists, who are expected to assume that people are innocent until proven guilty, were carried away with the revolutionary passion of the "demos." The Ciganjur Declaration prompted by political factions wishing total reform is often cited. Yet the four popular national leaders, Abdurrahman Wahid (newly elected President of Indonesia), Megawati Sukarnoputri (current Vice President), Amien Rais, and Sultan Hamenfkubuwono, met on November 10, 1998, only to disappoint proponents of "reformasi total," by declaring their support for an evolutionary transition to democracy. Ekl"of's book is comprehensive and pays attention to domestic Indonesian dynamics within and among political, military, economic, and social forces. The author is more cautious about repeating allegations, i.e., "MG Prabowo ... seems to have played a key role in the campaign." Reporting the allegations, however, points to inconsistencies, as the one accused of precipitating riots is also the military commander deploying forces against rioters. The elementary fact that security forces had been stretched beyond their limits during the disturbances is acknowledged, but the possibility that massive troop movements to Jakam might have added fuel to the rumors of a coup is not analyzed, nor is that of a campaign to discredit prominent military leaders, although a footnote reference is offered. The book is well written, though the concluding chapter disappoints for asserting certain findings not proven in the text. Recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty interested in the region. F. L. Mokhtari; Norwich University
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. i
The economic crisis: external and internal dimensions
Economic and financial meltdown in Indonesia: prospects for sustained and equitable economic and social recoveryp. 3
Indonesia: the political economy of policy reformp. 27
The political crisis: events, predictions and actors
The 1998 crisis: change and continuity in Indonesiap. 41
How a democratic deal might be struckp. 59
Post-Suharto: a change of regime?p. 69
Contesting political change after Suhartop. 105
Wiranto and Habibie: military-civilian relations since May 1998p. 127
Skeletons, vigilantes and the Armed Forces' fall from gracep. 149
Nationalism and Islamic politics: political Islam in the post-Suharto erap. 173
Islam and the current transition to democracy in Indonesiap. 201
The Indonesian student uprising of 1998p. 212
Mass politics and political change in Indonesiap. 239
Towards the building of cooperation between religious groups in a time of national crisisp. 253
Other dimensions of the crisis: cultural expression, race and gender, law reform
Cultural expression and social transformation in Indonesiap. 267
Arts networks and the struggle for democratisationp. 287
Rape, Race, and Reportingp. 299
The gender perspective: a key to democracy in Indonesiap. 335
Economic regulation, good governance and the environment: an agenda for law reform in Indonesiap. 343
Indonesia's negara hukum: walking the tightrope to the rule of lawp. 383
Postscriptp. 385
About the authorsp. 387
Acknowledgementsp. 390
Indexp. 391
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