Winters examines the impact of oligarchic power on Indonesiaâs political economy. Defining oligarchs materially, he argues that extreme inequality in wealth among citizens necessarily leads to extreme political inequalities. Central to this approach is the changing politics of wealth defense by oligarchs spanning the Sukarno era, the New Order, and the electoralâdemocratic period since 1998. He emphasizes that the power of oligarchs in Indonesia is especially dominant and distorting because the countryâs legal infrastructure is debilitated, and because organization and mobilization among other actors in civil society is weak. Particular attention is paid to oligarchic influence in Indonesiaâs media.
Indonesia – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Oct 29, 2013