Authoritarian Modernization in Indonesia’s Early Independence Period

The Foundation of the New Order State (1950-1965)


In Authoritarian Modernization in Indonesia’s Early Independence Period, Farabi Fakih offers a historical analysis of the foundational years leading to Indonesia’s New Order state (1966-1998) during the early independence period. The study looks into the structural and ideological state formation during the so-called Liberal Democracy (1950-1957) and Sukarno’s Guided Democracy (1957-1965). In particular, it analyses how the international technical aid network and the dominant managerialist ideology of the period legitimized a new managerial elite. The book discusses the development of managerial education in the civil and military sectors in Indonesia. The study gives a strongly backed argument that Sukarno’s constitutional reform during the Guided Democracy period inadvertently provided a strong managerial blueprint for the New Order developmentalist state.
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Dr. Farabi Fakih (Leiden University, 2014), is Lecturer of Indonesian History at Gadjah Mada University. His research interests mainly lie in Indonesian urban history, the political-economic history of the Indonesian state and Indonesian business history.
"Fakhi (Gadjah Mada Univ., Indonesia) upsets the conventional view of military interference in politics in a society rooted in dictatorship, detailing how Indonesia’s armed forces were invited, even co-opted, by civil officials and elected politicians to co-govern in a power-sharing arrangement."
– E. Pang, Colorado School of Mines, in Choice Connect
All those interested in the political history of Indonesia, the history of the developmental state and the history of managerial ideology.
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