The Politics of Power: Freeport in Suharto's Indonesia

Paperback: $29.00
ISBN-13: 9780824825669
Published: October 2002

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376 pages
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  • About the Book
  • Even as Major General Suharto consolidated his power in the bloodletting of the mid-sixties, Freeport-McMoRan, the American transnational mining company, signed a contract with the new military regime, the first foreign company to do so. Today, in the isolated jungles of West Papua, a region that is increasingly restive under Indonesian rule, Freeport lays claim to the world's largest gold mine and one of its richest and most profitable copper mines. This volume is the first major analysis of the company's presence in Indonesia. It takes a close and detailed look at the changing nature of power relations between Freeport and Suharto, the Indonesian military, the traditional landowners (the Amungme and Kamoro), and environmental and human rights groups. It examines how and why an American company, despite such rigorous home-state laws, was able to operate in West Papua with impunity for nearly thirty years and adapt to, indeed thrive in, a business culture anchored in corruption, collusion, and nepotism.

  • About the Author(s)
    • Denise Leith, Author

      Denise Leith has a Ph.D. in politics from Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Reviews and Endorsements
    • Fine investigative journalism as well as good scholarship
      The International History Review
    • Timely and welcome
      Sydney Morning Herald
    • It would be difficult to write a dull book about Freeport McMoran's operations in West Papua.... Denise Leith has done the story justice and has succeeded in her stated goal to write the definitive account of Freeport's engagement with Suharto's Indonesia.
      Journal of Asian Studies