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Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots ed. by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati (review)

Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots ed.... Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 321–23 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2j © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots. Edited by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati. Singapore: NUS Press, 2016. Softcover: 449pp. Saying that money plays a crucial role in Indonesian politics has become somewhat of a truism in recent years. Popular commentaries in the Indonesian press are replete with denunciations of “money politics”, a vague term used to refer to practices ranging from vote-buying to political finance. The prolific academic literature on the subject has exposed the organic relationship between money and politics in democratic Indonesia, focusing on the collusion between politicians and powerful interest groups and often portraying Indonesian politics as being dominated by patronage and clientelism. Nevertheless, as the editors of the book under review correctly note (p. 8), scholars typically only assert the dominance of patronage and clientelistic practices, neglecting the actual mechanisms through which politicians and voters engage in materialistic exchanges. Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia, edited by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati, aims to tackle this lacuna with an exhaustive analysis of the 2014 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs Institute of Southeast Asian Studies

Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots ed. by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati (review)

Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots ed. by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati (review)


Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 321–23 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2j © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots. Edited by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati. Singapore: NUS Press, 2016. Softcover: 449pp. Saying that money plays a crucial role in Indonesian politics has become somewhat of a truism in recent years. Popular commentaries in the Indonesian press are replete with denunciations of “money politics”, a vague term used to refer to practices ranging from vote-buying to political finance. The prolific academic literature on the subject has exposed the organic relationship between money and politics in democratic Indonesia, focusing on the collusion between politicians and powerful interest groups and often portraying Indonesian politics as being dominated by patronage and clientelism. Nevertheless, as the editors of the book under review correctly note (p. 8), scholars typically only assert the dominance of patronage and clientelistic practices, neglecting the actual mechanisms through which politicians and voters engage in materialistic exchanges. Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia, edited by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati, aims to tackle this lacuna with an exhaustive analysis of the 2014 legislative election campaign in several electoral districts. The book focuses on voter–politician linkages, shedding light on the appeals articulated by candidates during campaigns and the organizations created to convey such messages to voters. The volume opens with an introduction in which the editors define the empirical setting, outline the theoretical framework and summarize the key findings. Following that, the remaining twenty-two empirical chapters take the reader on a journey of remarkable empirical depth and...
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Contemporary Southeast Asia Vol. 38, No. 2 (2016), pp. 321–23 DOI: 10.1355/cs38-2j © 2016 ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute ISSN 0129-797X print / ISSN 1793-284X electronic Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots. Edited by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati. Singapore: NUS Press, 2016. Softcover: 449pp. Saying that money plays a crucial role in Indonesian politics has become somewhat of a truism in recent years. Popular commentaries in the Indonesian press are replete with denunciations of “money politics”, a vague term used to refer to practices ranging from vote-buying to political finance. The prolific academic literature on the subject has exposed the organic relationship between money and politics in democratic Indonesia, focusing on the collusion between politicians and powerful interest groups and often portraying Indonesian politics as being dominated by patronage and clientelism. Nevertheless, as the editors of the book under review correctly note (p. 8), scholars typically only assert the dominance of patronage and clientelistic practices, neglecting the actual mechanisms through which politicians and voters engage in materialistic exchanges. Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia, edited by Edward Aspinall and Mada Sukmajati, aims to tackle this lacuna with an exhaustive analysis of the 2014

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Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic AffairsInstitute of Southeast Asian Studies

Published: Aug 13, 2016

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