New publication: ‘Authoritarian modernization in Indonesia’s early independence period’

New Open Access publication by Farabi Fakih, titled Authoritarian modernization in Indonesia’s early independence period: The foundation of the New Order State (1950-1965) in the series Verhandelingen van het Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde, volume 312, edited by Rosemarijn Hoefte and Henk Schulte Nordholt.

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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