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Beyond Oligarchy is a collection of essays by leading scholars of contemporary Indonesian politics and society, each addressing effects of material inequality on political power and contestation in democratic Indonesia. The contributors assess how critical concepts in the study of politics—oligarchy, inequality, power, democracy, and others—can be used to characterize the Indonesian case, and in turn, how the Indonesian experience informs conceptual and analytical debates in political science and related disciplines. In bringing together experts from around the world to engage with these themes, Beyond Oligarchy reclaims a tradition of focused intellectual debate across scholarly communities in Indonesian studies.

The collapse of Indonesia's New Order has proven a critical juncture in Indonesian political studies, launching new analyses about the drivers of regime change and the character of Indonesian democracy. It has also prompted a new groundswell of theoretical reflection among Indonesianists on concepts such as representation, competition, power, and inequality. As such, the onset of Indonesia’s second democratic period represents more than just new point of departure for comparative analyses of Indonesia as a democratizing state; it has also served as a catalyst for theoretical and conceptual development.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Beyond Oligarchy?
  2. Michele Ford and Thomas B. Pepinsky
  3. pp. 1-10
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  1. Oligarchy and Democracy in Indonesia
  2. Jeffrey A. Winters
  3. pp. 11-34
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  1. The Political Economy of Oligarchy and the Reorganization of Power in Indonesia
  2. Vedi R. Hadiz and Richard Robison
  3. pp. 35-56
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  1. Improving the Quality of Democracy in Indonesia: Toward a Theory of Action
  2. R. William Liddle
  3. pp. 57-78
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  1. Pluralism and Political Conflict in Indonesia
  2. Thomas B. Pepinsky
  3. pp. 79-98
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  1. Oligarchs, Politicians, and Activists: Contesting Party Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia
  2. Marcus Mietzner
  3. pp. 99-116
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  1. Popular Agency and Interests in Indonesia's Democratic Transition and Consolidation
  2. Edward Aspinall
  3. pp. 117-138
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  1. Labor and Politics under Oligarchy
  2. Teri L. Caraway and Michele Ford
  3. pp. 139-156
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  1. Elite Competition and Changing State-Society Relations: Shari'a Policymaking in Indonesia
  2. Michael Buehler
  3. pp. 157-176
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 177-185
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