October 2021

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12
Oct
2021

In search of analytical parsimony: How to characterise the Indonesian state?

Professor Hal Hill
A central question for the development profession is understanding why and how some countries consistently perform strongly according to the usual indicators of development progress. The World Bank’s East Asian Miracle study was a widely cited attempt to explain why East Asian economic dynamism....

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19
Oct
2021

Grasping at the wind: Trends in the historiography of modern Southeast Asia

Robert Cribb
I am currently writing a chapter on the historiography of modern Southeast Asia for a new edition of the Cambridge History of Southeast Asia, due to appear in 2024. The field of modern Southeast Asian history (defined as the period since about 1800) is unusual in the broader discipline of history...

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26
Oct
2021

The coalitions presidents make: Presidential power and its limits in democratic Indonesia

Marcus Mietzner
Political scientists have conventionally suggested that presidential systems operating in multi-party regimes face problems of stability and effectiveness. In recent years, however, a new school of thought has introduced the concept of “coalitional presidentialism” to argue that presidents can...

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