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Book Reviews A.J.S.S. 34:1 (181–184) also available online © 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden see www.brill.nl B OOK R EVIEWS O’Rourke, Kevin (2002) Reformasi. The Struggle for Power in Post-Soeharto Indonesia. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 512 pages. ISBN 1–86508–754–8. The world was amazed by the Indonesian students. For months, they demonstrated against their government, marching through the streets and demanding “ reformasi ”. In the end, it seemed that they had succeeded: they brought down one of the longest serving dictators of the world, Soeharto, along with his New Order regime of 32 years. On 21 May 1998, Soeharto stepped down. However, a few years later, the reformasi enthusiasm seems to have faded away. The students were not the only ones who look like they have given up the fi ght for their ideals; most of the political scientists and com- mentators express pessimism when analyzing Indonesia. One of them is Kevin O’Rourke, former writer of the Van Zorge Report , a bi-weekly polit- ical and economic journal published by “Indonesia’s leading political risk consultancy” Van Zorge, He ff ernan & Associates (see http://www.van- zorgereport.com). In his book, he covers the political fi ghts and events from 1996, when Soeharto http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Journal of Social Science Brill

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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A.J.S.S. 34:1 (181–184) also available online © 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden see www.brill.nl B OOK R EVIEWS O’Rourke, Kevin (2002) Reformasi. The Struggle for Power in Post-Soeharto Indonesia. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 512 pages. ISBN 1–86508–754–8. The world was amazed by the Indonesian students. For months, they demonstrated against their government, marching through the streets and demanding “ reformasi ”. In the end, it seemed that they had succeeded: they brought down one of the longest serving dictators of the world, Soeharto, along with his New Order regime of 32 years. On 21 May 1998, Soeharto stepped down. However, a few years later, the reformasi enthusiasm seems to have faded away. The students were not the only ones who look like they have given up the fi ght for their ideals; most of the political scientists and com- mentators express pessimism when analyzing Indonesia. One of them is Kevin O’Rourke, former writer of the Van Zorge Report , a bi-weekly polit- ical and economic journal published by “Indonesia’s leading political risk consultancy” Van Zorge, He ff ernan & Associates (see http://www.van- zorgereport.com). In his book, he covers the political fi ghts and events from 1996, when Soeharto

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