Post-colonial Discourse on the State in Indonesia and Malaysia



The fact that the Malaysian state has managed to maintain a relatively democratic regime, while an authoritarian regime came to power in Indonesia has never been the focus of historical and comparative analysis despite certain cultural, social, and historical affinities between these two countries. This work explains this difference in terms of contrasting class structures and alliances and also examines differences in political challenges to the Indonesian and Malaysian states from popular forces.


Civil Society Liberal Democracy Authoritarian Regime Opposition Parti Colonial State 
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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