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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