The Decline of Constitutional Democracy in Indonesia

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Januar 2006



This is an intensive study of Indonesian politics from the attainment of
full independence in December 1949 to the proclamation of martial law in
March 1957, and President Soekarno's subsequent establishment of "guided
democracy". It is intended as a contribution to the ongoing discussion of
democracy in the new states of Asia and Africa, of the ways in which Western
political institutions are transformed when employed in non-Western social
settings, and of the obstacles to be overcome if such institutions are to
operate in consonance with the authority systems of new nations and with
their solution of economic and administrative problems.

Now brought back into print as a member of Equinox Publishing's Classic
Indonesia series, The Decline of Constitutional Democracy is considered to be
the definitive study of Indonesia in the 1950s and will be of great interest
to the growing number of social scientists concerned with the pre-industrial
nations and in particular with their efforts to use and adapt Western political
institutions. This is a solid and scholarly account, but, writing on the basis of much personal observation, Dr. Feith manages to present his material in such
a way that readers with no previous background in the subject will be able to
follow the book almost as easily as will specialists.

HERBERT FEITH (1930-2001) became familiar with Indonesia during
1951-53 and 1954-56 when he was an English Language Assistant with the
Ministry of Information of the Republic of Indonesia. A citizen of Australia,
he received an M.A. degree from the University of Melbourne in 1955 and
a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1961. He was a Research Fellow in the
Department of Pacific History, Australian National University, from 1960
to 1962 and was Chair of Politics at Monash University from 1968 until 1974.
EAN: 9789793780450
ISBN: 9793780452
Untertitel: Paperback. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Equinox Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2006
Seitenanzahl: 644 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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