Indonesia: The Challenge of Change (c)


Richard W. Baker, M. Hadi Soesastro, J. Kristiadi, and Douglas E. Ramage (eds.)


Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Available From: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies; St. Martins Press (in the USA)
Publication Date: 1999
ISBN: 981-230-026-0
Binding: cloth
Pages: xx, 305


A team of Indonesian and American experts explores the impact of economic change on twelve major Indonesian institutions, including the armed forces, the bureaucracy, the media, and political parties, amongst others. The growing gap between a slow-to-change government structure and the dynamism of the broader society poses dilemmas for the next generation of leaders and Indonesia’s development.

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"The book . . . examines how twelve different institutions-from the bureaucracy to the army to the Muslim political parties-face the challenge of change, offering solid academic studies that contain a mass of information and insights."

Lucian Pye
Foreign Affairs

"This is a timely and useful volume . . . designated to showcase the work of the coming generation of senior Indonesian scholars . . . The structure of the book is comprehensive with sections on the economy, government and politics, 'mixed institutions,' and 'social institutions' . . . Richard Baker and Hadi Soesastro conclude with an excellent summary chapter . . . this volume will be of enduring interest, both for its content and for the views and outlook of an influential group of Indonesian scholars and officials. All Indonesianists will want to have a copy of this volume on their shelves."

Hal Hill
Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies

" . . . the book spans an enormous range of issues and of state, para-state and private institutions . . . The study is rounded off by a useful conclusion written by two of the book's main editors, Richard Baker and M. Hadi Soesastro, who take the view that all of the country's institutions face profound challenges, which have been highlighted by the 1997-98 economic crisis."

Peter Carey,
Asian Affairs