Fifty Years of Indonesian Development: "One Nation," Under Capitalism ...


  • Brian McCormack Arizona State University



In Indonesia much uncertainty remains in the wake of the dramatic changes that unfolded in the latter half of the l990's. By the end of the 20th century, the Indonesian economy was in ruins. The concept of democracy remained contested. The transportation and communication system that once at least minimally linked the diverse and at times disparate areas and peoples of the Indonesian archipelago into an Andersonian imagined national community collapsed, making more likely movements for regional autonomy, in turn, making the status of an Indonesian nation itself uncertain. One thing that is certain, however, is that Socharto, the "Father of Development," is history. As political and economic policy makers in Indonesia, the United States, and around the world, and more importantly, Indonesia's men, women, and children pick up the pieces, it is our responsibility to look back and consider the past fifty years.




How to Cite

McCormack, B. (1999). Fifty Years of Indonesian Development: "One Nation," Under Capitalism . Journal of World-Systems Research, 5(1), 48–73.



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