Malaysia is an increasingly important player. Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is now Asia's longest-serving leader. This work on Malaysian politics offers an analysis of the Mahathir project, examining how Mahathir has, over 20 years, translated the basis of the ruling bloc's legitimacy from one of coercive domination and ethnic card-playing into a more consensual form of hegemonic support. It argues that Mahathir has made considerable progress in building consent.
Since the 1997 economic crisis and purging of Mahathir's former deputy Anwar Ibrahim, new problems have appeared within the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and its leadinf g party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO). As Mahathir seeks to rebuild ideological support other parties have mounted a counter-hegemonic alternative to the prevailing project. This book provides an understanding of these contending forces and the new engagement of ideas taking place within Malaysia's changing political landscape.
Dr John Hilley is a political scientist who was educated at the Universities of Sydney, Australia, and Glasgow, Scotland. This is his first book.
Introduction: The New Orientalism 1. The Construction of Legitimacy: Vision 2020 and the Language of Control 2. Constructing the Vision: State-Class Relations, the Power Bloc and the Origins of Crisis 3. Mahathirism and the Politics of the Power Bloc 4. Organic Intellectuals: Ideological Production and the UNMO Network 5. The Anwar Crisis and the Media; Traditional Intellectuals: PAS, Islam and the Countervision 6. PAS, the Anwar Crisis and Counterhegemony 7. Counterhegemony: Reforms, Left Politics and the Conditions of Dissent 8. Fin de Siecle: Mahathirism, Election 99 and the New Political Landscape