Title Democracy for Sale
Subtitle Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia
Author Edward Aspinall, Ward Berenschot
ISBN 9781501732980
List price GBP 24.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 330
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cornell University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“Democracy for Sale promises to be a major contribution to Indonesian politics, and also a book that will be read, discussed, and cited by authors working cross-nationally.”

—Tom Pepinsky, Cornell University, and author of Economic Crises and the Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes


Democracy for Sale is an outstanding book with a compelling mix of methodologies that will be useful for scientists interested in clientelism in general.”

—Andreas Ufen, German Institute of Global and Area Studies, and coeditor of Democratization in Post-Suharto Indonesia and Party Politics in Southeast Asia


Democracy for Sale combines rich details about the variety and variability of clientelism in Indonesia with a framework for comparing and analyzing clientelism across a variety of country contexts. This is a volume all scholars of clientelism, patronage, and money politics will want on their shelf.”

—Allen Hicken, University of Michigan


Democracy for Sale is an on-the-ground account of Indonesian democracy, analyzing its election campaigns and behind-the-scenes machinations. Edward Aspinall and Ward Berenschot assess the informal networks and political strategies that shape access to power and privilege in the messy political environment of contemporary Indonesia.

In post-Suharto Indonesian politics the exchange of patronage for political support is commonplace. Clientelism, argue the authors, saturates the political system, and in Democracy for Sale they reveal the everyday practices of vote buying, influence peddling, manipulating government programs, and skimming money from government projects. In doing so, Aspinall and Berenschot advance three major arguments. The first argument points toward the role of religion, kinship, and other identities in Indonesian clientelism. The second explains how and why Indonesia’s distinctive system of free-wheeling clientelism came into being. And the third argument addresses variation in the patterns and intensity of clientelism. Through these arguments and with comparative leverage from political practices in India and Argentina, Democracy for Sale provides compelling evidence of the importance of informal networks and relationships rather than formal parties and institutions in contemporary Indonesia.


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Chapter 1. Indonesia’s Patronage Democracy

Chapter 2. Capturing Varieties of Clientelism

Part 1: Institutions

Chapter 3. Historical Origins of Free-Wheeling Clientelism

Chapter 4. Electoral Institutions, Political Parties and Candidates

Part 2: Networks and Resources

Chapter 5. Success Teams and Vote Buying

Chapter 6. Social Networks and Club Goods

Part 3: Discretionary Control

Chapter 7. Governance and Public Spending

Chapter 8. Bureaucrats and the Power of Office

Part 4: Comparing across Indonesia

Chapter 9. Campaign Financing, Business and the Public Sphere

Chapter 10. Explaining Variation in Indonesia’s Patronage Democracy

Conclusion: Clientelism and the Search for Good Governance





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This is a volume all scholars of clientelism, patronage, and money politics will want on their shelf.

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