[TimorLesteStudies] New Book (free download until 2 April): 'Independent Timor-Leste: Between Coercion and Consent' (Cambridge University Press)

Michael Leach mleach at swin.edu.au
Sun Mar 24 11:09:13 AEDT 2019

Douglas Kammen. 2019.  Independent Timor-Leste: Between Coercion and Consent. Cambridge University Press, 76pp.

Series: Elements in Politics and Society in Southeast Asia

This Element explores the primary modes by which rulers have exercised power and shaped political relations in Timor-Leste across four distinct periods. The contrast between coercion under colonial rule and consent expressed through the 1999 referendum on independence exerted a powerful influence on scholarship on Timor-Leste's politics and future. Since the restoration of independence in 2002, however, politics in Timor-Leste are best understood in terms of powerful economic constraints during the first Fretilin government (2002–06), and thereafter, thanks to revenue from the country's petroleum reserves, a ruling strategy based on a wide range of inducements (rather than genuine consent).

Free pdf download until April 2


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Politics and International Relations
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