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Independent Timor-Leste
Between Coercion and Consent


Part of Elements in Politics and Society in Southeast Asia

  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108457583

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  • 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).

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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108457583
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.13kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A violent past
    3. The impossible dream: East Timor under the UN
    4. Independence with constraints
    5. Timor's purchase
    6. Hitching-post
    7. Future research agendas.

  • Author

    Douglas Kammen, National University of Singapore

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