>
The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia's Transition from Authoritarian Rule

The Institutional Origins of Communal Violence: Indonesia's Transition from Authoritarian Rule

  • £30.69
  • Save £48


Professor Yuhki Tajima
Cambridge University Press, 7/28/2014
EAN 9781107028135, ISBN10: 1107028132

Hardcover, 224 pages, 23.5 x 15.6 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

Why are transitions from authoritarian rule often marked by spikes in communal violence? Through examining Indonesia's recent transition to democracy, this book develops a novel theoretical explanation for this phenomenon that also accounts for why some communities are vulnerable to violence during such transitions while others are able to maintain order. Yuhki Tajima argues that repressive intervention by security forces in Indonesia during the authoritarian period rendered some communities dependent on the state to maintain intercommunal security, whereas communities with a more tenuous exposure to the state developed their own informal institutions to maintain security. As the coercive grip of the authoritarian regime loosened, communities that were more accustomed to state intervention were more vulnerable to spikes in communal violence until they developed informal institutions that were better adapted for less state intervention. To test the theory, Tajima employs extensive fieldwork in, and rigorous statistical evidence from, Indonesia as well as cross-national data.

1. Introduction
2. An institutional theory of intercommunal order and violence
3. Building and constraining the Indonesian state
4. The problem of local order
a view from the kampung
5. A microstatistical test of the theory
6. Small-scale communal conflicts
Lampung Province
7. Outbreaks of large-scale communal conflicts
8. The theory in comparative perspective
9. Conclusion.