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Indonesia: State and Society in Transition

Jemma Purdey, Antje Missbach, and Dave McRae
Indonesia: State and Society in Transition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-851-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-852-0
ISBN: 978-1-62637-855-1
2020/261 pages
"An insightful and penetrating—but at the same time highly readable—account." —William Liddle, Ohio State University

"A very knowledgeable overview of the various aspects of Indonesia's political and social life." —Ashutosh Varshney, Brown University


Indonesia remains a country in transition even now, some two decades after its extraordinary shift from authoritarianism to democracy and from economic crisis to a rapidly growing economy. What explains the trajectory of that shift? What challenges does this island nation of 270 million people—with the world's largest Muslim population—face now, as the quality of democratic life erodes and it grapples with profound social and economic inequalities?

Addressing these questions, the authors comprehensively explore the dynamics of Indonesia's politics, society, political economy, and culture, as well as its role in the international order.


Jemma Purdey is a research fellow based at the Australia-Indonesia Centre at Monash University and adjunct fellow in Deakin University's Faculty of Arts and Education. Antje Missbach is senior research fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University and senior research fellow at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute. Dave McRae is senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne's Asia Institute.


  • Indonesia: An Underrated Country?
  • Preindependence Indonesia.
  • The Slide into Authoritarianism.
  • Political Reforms After 1998.
  • The Structures of Democratic-Era Politics.
  • Persistent Inequality: Health, Education, and Work.
  • Civil Society and Human Rights.
  • Media and Popular Culture.
  • Indonesia in World Affairs.