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Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia

Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots

How do politicians win elected office in Indonesia? To find out, research teams fanned out across the country prior to Indonesia’s 2014 legislative election to record campaign events, interview candidates and canvassers, and observe their interactions with voters. They found that at the grassroots political parties are less important than personal campaign teams and vote brokers who reach out to voters through a wide range of networks associated with religion, ethnicity, kinship, micro enterprises, sports clubs and voluntary groups of all sorts. Above all, candidates distribute patronage—cash, goods and other material benefits—to individual voters and to communities. Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia brings to light the scale and complexity of vote buying and the many uncertainties involved in this style of politics, providing an unusually intimate portrait of politics in a patronage-based system.

472 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2016

Asian Studies: Southeast Asia and Australia

Economics and Business: Economics--Development, Growth, Planning

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion, Urban Politics


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“It will be of interest to a diverse audience that might include political scientists, sociologists, and anthropologists studying Indonesian politics, as well as a wider less-specialist audience interested in contemporary Indonesian society.”

Laurens Bakker | Bijdragen tot de taal-, land- en volkenkunde

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Figures
Acknowledgements
Glossary and Abbreviations
Currency Conversion Table
  1. Patronage and Clientelism in Indonesian Electoral Politics
Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati
  1. Bireuen, Aceh: the Aftermath of Post-conflict Politics and the Decline of Partai Aceh
Rizkika Lhena Darwin
  1. Bener Meriah, Aceh: Money Politics and ethnicity in a New Electoral District
Teuku Muhammad Jafar Sulaiman
  1. Medan, North Sumatra: Between Ethnic Politics and Money Politics
Ahmad Taufan Damanik
  1. Bangka Belitung: Patronage and Identity Politics in a Plural Society
Ibrahim
  1. Musi Banyuasin, South Sumatra: Nine Steps to Victory
Alamsyah
  1. Palembang, South Sumatra: Aspiration Funds and Pork Barrel Politics
Muhammad Mahsun
  1. Benten: Islamic Parties, Networks and Patronage
Gandung Ismanto and Idris Thaha
  1. Tangerang, Banten: Women Candidates in the Shadow of Men
Argoposo Cahyo Nugroho
  1. Central and South Jakarta: Social Welfare and Constituency Service in the Metropolis
Sita W. Dewi, S.L. Harjanto and Olivia D. Purba
  1. Bekasi, West Java: From Patronage to Interest Group Politics?
Amalinda Savirani
  1. Bandung, West Jaava: Silaturahmi, Personalist Networks and Patronage Politics
Caroline Paskarina
  1. Cirebon, West Java: Where Materialism Defeats Personalism
Marzuki Wahid
  1. Pati, Central Java: Targets, Techniques and Meanings of Vote Buying
Noor Rohman
  1. Blora, Central Java: Local Brokers and Vote Buying
Zusiana Elly Triantini
  1. East Java: New Clientelism and the Fading of Aliran Politics
Rubaidi
  1. Madiun, East Java: Brokers in Territorial, Social Network and Vote-buying Strategies
Ahmad Zainul Hamdi
  1. South Kalimentan: Islamic Party Candidates Who Refuse to Buy the Vote
Ahmad Muhajir
  1. North Sulawesi: Clan, Church and State
Nono S.A. Sumampouw
  1. Southeast Sulawesi: Money Politics in Indonesia’s Nickel Belt
Eve Warburton
  1. East Nusa enggara: Patronage Politics, Clientelism and the Hijacking of Social Trust
Rudi Rohi
  1. North Jayapura, Paqua: Buying the Voters and Buying the Administrators
Ridwan
  1. Papua’s Central Highlands: The Noken System, Brokers and Fraud
Cillian Nolan
Bibliography
Contributors
Index
 

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