Talking Indonesia: vote buying

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Dave McRae is a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Institute in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He is also an Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society.

Vote buying is widely held to be endemic in Indonesian politics. In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, I explore the phenomenon of vote-buying with Professor Edward Aspinall from the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. With Indonesian colleagues, Professor Aspinall has co-authored a forthcoming paper that sets out the mechanics of vote buying by electoral candidates in the 2014 legislative elections and the logic underpinning these candidates’ actions.

 

The paper, co-authored by Professor Aspinall along with Noor Rohman, Ahmad Zainul Hamdi, Rubaidi (from Sunan Ampel State Islamic University Surabaya) and Zusiana Elly Triantini (Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University Yogyakarta) will soon be published in the Journal of East Asian Studies. A link to the article will be added when available. Look out also for a new book on the broader phenomenon of money politics in Indonesia edited by Edward Aspinall and Made Sukmajati, Electoral Dynamics in Indonesia: Money Politics, Patronage and Clientelism at the Grassroots, published by NUS Press.

 

Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight, hosted alternately by Dr Dave McRae and Dr Ken Setiawan. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen to the entire Talking Indonesia podcast archive via Stitcher.

 

Photo by Dave McRae.