The Vortex of Power

Intellectuals and Politics in Indonesia's Post-Authoritarian Era

  • Airlangga Pribadi Kusman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Airlangga Pribadi Kusman
    Pages 1-14
  3. Airlangga Pribadi Kusman
    Pages 105-125
  4. Airlangga Pribadi Kusman
    Pages 237-243
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 245-272

About this book


This book explores the role of intellectuals and governance processes in post-authoritarian Indonesia. Focusing on East Java, the author argues that intellectuals have played an increasingly direct and practical role in the exercise of governance at the local level of Indonesian politics.

The book provides insights into how the collaboration between intellectuals and local politico-business elites has shaped good governance and democratic institution-building, validating power structures that continue to obstruct political participation in the country. In addition, the book also delves into the contribution of local intellectuals in resolving the contradictions between technocratic ideas and governance practices, in the interest of local elites.

Empirical studies included in the book add to the broader literature on the social role of intellectuals, highlighting their role as not just defined by their capacity to produce and circulate knowledge, but also by their particular position in concrete social and political struggle. The author also explores the manner in which relationships between intellectuals, business and political elites and NGOs in local political and economic practices, intersect with national-level contests over power and resources.

Airlangga Pribadi Kusman is a Lecturer in Politics, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Airlangga University. He is also the Director of CSCS (Centre for Statecraft and Citizenship Studies), Airlangga University. He completed his PhD in Politics at Murdoch University’s Asia Research Centre. His research interests include governance studies, political economy of development, civil society and social movement studies, politics and religion studies, local politics studies, and democratization studies.


Technocratic Policy Making in Indonesia Neo-liberal Governance in Indonesia South East Asia Politics Decentralization in Indonesia New Economic Institutional Approach in Indonesia Rent-seeking in Indonesia Critical Political Economy Approach in Indonesia Politico-Business Alliances in Indonesia Suharto’s New Order Regime Democracy in Indonesia Intellectuals in Indonesia Democratic Institution-building in Indonesia Good Governance in Indonesia Political Participation in Indonesia Predatory Elites in Indonesia Predatory Capitalism Post-Authoritarian State Lapindo Mudflow Case in East Java

Authors and affiliations

  • Airlangga Pribadi Kusman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsAirlangga UniversitySurabayaIndonesia

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