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Assessing Dynamics of Democratisation: Transformative Politics, New Institutions, and the Case of Indonesia [Hardcover]

Olle Törnquist

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29 Oct 2013 1137369345 978-1137369345

Assessing the Dynamics of Democratization grows out of attempts by academics and activists to contribute to transformative politics by building up more and better evidence, and analysing the processes of democratisation in a way that is theoretically more inclusive than in the mainstream assessments that have come to parallel the industry of measuring economic growth. The book summarises the critique of these mainstream assessments, proposes an alternative framework, and shows how the alternative works through a case study of the largest of the new democracies, Indonesia. It is a book for critical scholars, students and practitioners.


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"Olle TArnquist is a distinguished scholar-activist who has been dedicated to the advance of social democracy throughout his professional life. This outstanding book records his efforts of many years, with Indonesian and other colleagues, to develop the means of understanding and so of carrying forward the process of democratisation in their countries. It deserves a wide readership amongst all those who are concerned, as scholars or as practitioners, with the deepening of democracy." - John Harriss, Professor of International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Canada ""Assessing the Dynamics of Democratization" is one of the most unusual and most urgently needed books I have seen. Like some works, it crosses the boundaries between policy practice and academic work, speaking to both activist and scholarly audiences. It does so soberly, clearly, and with rigor. What sets it apart, however, is that it problematizes and reflects on that boundary-crossing, making explicit and questioning our assumptions along the way. Its call for strategically and knowingly engaging shallow democratic openings, rather than disparaging them from afar, is a much-needed rejoinder to current academic trends. Though rooted in a rich case study of Indonesia, this book speaks to all of us who try to connect critical, comparative, academic work with efforts at social change. This book is a bold and powerful antidote for the 'paralysis of analysis.'" - Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnography, New York University "This innovative, informative study broadens our thinking about assessing democratization, bringing in the neglected dimension of political inclusion and its relationship to genuine democratic transformation. The author skillfully combines a strong values foundation with a rigorous analytic approach." - Thomas Carothers, Vice President for Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace "Assessments of howm

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Olle Törnquist is Professor of Political Science and Development Research, University of Oslo, Norway. He has published extensively on politics and development, radical politics, and problems of democratisation in comparative perspective. His recent books include Politics and Development: A Critical Introduction, Popular Development and Democracy: Case Studies in the Philippines, Indonesia and Kerala, and Indonesia's Post-Soeharto Democracy Movement (with S.Adi Prasetyo & E.A.Priyono).


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