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Democracy for Sale: Elections, Clientelism, and the State in Indonesia

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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.

$32.95 | 330 pages | Paperback

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