Browse By Day
Browse By Time
Browse By Person
Browse By Room
Browse By Area of Study
Browse By Session Type
Browse By Discipline
AAS 2016 Print Program
Session Submission Type: Organized Panel
Throughout Southeast Asia, in a range of phenomena sometimes collectively labelled “money politics,” candidates for elected office distribute patronage—particularistic benefits, including cash, goods, appointments, or other rewards—via clientelist networks. Sometimes illegal or illicit, other times above-ground and at least tacitly condoned, such practices span the electoral cycle and deeply inflect the quality and character of governance structures, democracy, and national integration. This panel will bring together scholars using a variety of methods to study on money politics in Southeast Asia. The panel will see to present work tracing the flows and implications of patronage for electoral gain in Southeast Asia, including: Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Despite the ubiquity of these practices and a long-standing focus on patron–client ties in the literature, surprisingly few cross-country studies have compared the forms, determinants, actors and outcomes of money politics, particularly in Southeast Asia. In this panel we seek to situate patronage and clientelism in the nexus of politicians, parties, brokers and voters. Through richly textured analysis of our cases we will interrogate causes and motivations found across three overarching and overlapping categories: institutional, structural, and normative.
Money Politics and Discomfort: Cognitive Dissonance among Vote Buying Candidates in Indonesia - Ahmad Muhajir, Australian National University
Going to the Ground (or Astroturf): A Grassroots View of Regime Resilience - Meredith Weiss, State University of New York, Albany
Don’t You Forget about Me? Candidate Performance, Club Goods and Vote Buying in Indonesia - Edward Aspinall, Australian National University
Family Networks and Voting Behavior: Evidence from the Philippines - Michael Davidson, University of California, San Diego; Allen Hicken, University of Michigan