The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is the most interesting phenomenon in contemporary Indonesian politics. Not only is it growing rapidly in membership and electoral support, it is also bringing a new and markedly different approach to Islamic politics, one which has no precedent in Indonesian history.Understanding PKS and analysing its political behaviour presents challenges to scholars and observers. This is partly due to the fact that the party represents a new trend within Indonesian Islam which has few parallels with preceding movements.Yon Machmudi has rendered us a valuable service. In this book, he provides a thoughtful and authoritative context for viewing PKS. He critiques the existing categorisations for Indonesian Islam and points to their inadequacy when describing the PKS and the campus-based Tarbiyah movement from which it sprang. He reworks the santri typology, dividing it into convergent, radical and global substreams. This offers new possibilities for explaining the PKS phenomenon and assists in differentiating between various types of Islamic revivalism in contemporary Indonesia. It also allows a more understanding of the accommodatory stance which PKS has towards the state and other political forces.Yon’s text provides a good overview of the development of PKS from its Tarbiyah movement origins to its impressive success at the 2004 general elections. It considers the party’s attitude towards the issues of sharia implementation and community welfare and closes by examining the future challenges facing PKS.It is a well written and authoritative account from a scholar who has done wideranging research on the party.
Islam in Indonesian Foreign Policy: Domestic Weakness and Dilemma of Dual Identity by Rizal SukmaAs a home to more than 180 million Muslims, Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world. However, the identity of the Indonesian state has never been defined in terms of Islam. In fact, tension in hte relationship between Islam and hte state has been evident since Indonesia’s independence in August 1945 and this tension stems from the dilemma of a dual state identity as Indonesia defines itself as neither theocratic nor secular. This makes the role of Islam in Indonesian politics and foreign policy a complex one.This work examines the origins of dual state identity and how it has affected the political dynamics in Indonesia, both in domestic and foreign policy. Although Islam is the majority religion in Indonesia, this book suggests tha contrary to what might be expected, Islam has not played a dominant role in the country’s post-independent politics and policy making. However, sicne the fall of military-backed Suharto’s government in May 1998, Islam has become a potent political force in Indonesia. With the revival of Islam, politics and policy-making in Indonesia has increasingly been subject to influences from political Islam. This book considers for hte first time whenter such influence has also been exerted upon the coutnry’s foreign policy. Rizal Sukma suggests that the role of Islam in foreignpolicy has always been as secondary one, arguing that the dilemma of dual identity and domestic weaknesses set the limits within which Islam can be expressed in foreign policy.This book will provide a useful resource to all those with an interest in the role of Islam in International Politics as well as students of Asian and Religious studies.Sources InternetRead More
American Urban Politics in a Global AgeThe Reader5th EditionPaul Kantor, Dennis JuddApr 2007, Paperback, 416 pagesIn this thoroughly revised reader, two leading scholars bring together a collection of readings that highlight the most important trends in urban scholarship today. The engaging selections incorporated into American Urban Politics in the Global Era are arranged and presented within a clear thematic structure and with commentaries by the editors.In addition to the political economy perspective emphasized in previous editions of the reader, this new edition highlights the impact of globalization on urban politics and policy today. The historical and contemporary readings reveal how the interaction of local, national, and international forces is reshaping the political landscape of urban America.topContentsIntroductory Essay: Governing the Metropolis in the Global EraPART 1: GLOBALIZATION AND THE ECONOMIC IMPERATIVEChapter 1. The Politics of Urban DevelopmentEditors’ Essay. Entrepreneurial Cities1 Paul E. Peterson, The Imperative of Growth2 Clarence N. Stone, Urban Regimes3 Richard C. Wade, The Urban Frontier4 [NEW] Mark Alan Lowes, Indy Dreams and Urban NightmaresChapter 2. Cities in the International MarketplaceEditors’ Essay. The New Urban Economy5 [NEW] H.V. Savitch and Paul Kantor, The Great Transformation and Local Choices6 Richard Foglesong, When Disney Comes to Town7 Paul Kantor and H.V. Savitch, Can Politicians Bargain with Business?Chapter 3. The Political Economy of Urban CultureEditors’ Essay. Cultural Strategies of Urban Development8 [NEW] Richard Florida, The Power of Place: The Creative Class9 Elizabeth Strom, Culture, Art, and Downtown Development10 [NEW] Alison Isenberg, Downtown CulturePART 2: GOVERNING THE MULTI-ETHNIC METROPOLISChapter 4. The Cities: The Politics of Space, Race, and EthnicityEditors’ Essay. The Cities: Confrontation and Accommodation11 Thomas J. Sugrue, Racial Confrontation in Post-War Detroit12 Reuel Rogers, Minority Groups and Coalitional Politics13 Harvey K. Newman, Race and the Tourist BubbleChapter 5. The Suburbs: The Politics of Space, Race, and EthnicityEditors’ Essay. Immigration and Seclusion in the New Suburbia14 [NEW] Andrew Ross, Kinder, Gentler Government?15 Rosalyn Baxandall and Elizabeth Ewen, New Immigrants in Suburbia16 [NEW] Eric Avila, Fear and Fantasy in Suburban Los Angeles17 Dolores Hayden, Planning Suburban Development: The Rise of the MallChapter 6. The New Politics of SpaceEditors’ Essay. Fear and the Privatization of Urban Space18 Mike Davis, Fortress Los Angeles19 [NEW] Margaret Kohn, The Mauling of Public Space20 [NEW] Peter Marcuse, Life in the Cities After September 11, 200121 [NEW] Dennis R. Judd, Visitors and Spatial Ecology of the CityPART 3: GOVERNING THE FRACTURED METROPOLISChapter 7. Sprawl, Regionalism and the New UrbanismEditors’ Essay. Governing the Sprawled Metropolis22 Myron Orfield, Building Consensus23 [NEW] David Rusk, Growth Management: The Core Regional Issue24 Fred Siegel, Is Urban Sprawl a Problem?25 Dolores Hayden, The New UrbanismChapter 8. Federal-City Relations and the Capacity to GovernEditors’ Essay. City Politics in a Decentralized Federal System26 Peter Eisenger, City Politics in the Era of Devolution27 Pietro S. Nivola, Federal Prescriptions and City Problems28 [NEW] Stephen D. Stehr, The Political Economy of Disaster AssistancetopFeatures* Each chapter is introduced by an editor’s essay that places the readings into context and highlights their central ideas and findings.* Division into three historical periods emphasizes both the changes and continuities in American urban politics over time.* The reader is the perfect complement for Judd & Swanstrom’s City Politics: The Political Economy of Urban American, 6/e, also available in a new edition.From http://www.pearsoned.co.uk/Bookshop/detail.asp?item=100000000252386