Webinar on “Indonesia’s New Coal and Mining Law: Its Consequences for the Environment”


In this seminar, Dr Hendro Sangkoyo talks about the politics behind the passing of Indonesia’s new coal and mineral mining law as well as the long history of natural resource extraction in Indonesia. Mr Made Supriatma discusses the controversies surrounding the new law and relates them to domestic political dynamics.



Webinar on “People’s Risk Perception on New Normal Policy in Jakarta”


In this webinar, Dr Sulfikar Amir and Dr Irma Hidayana highlighted two important points concerning people’s responses towards government policy in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic. First, there is a low risk perception of Jakarta residents with regard to Covid-19 pandemic. As such, they are actually not ready to enter the new normal phase initiated by the government. Second, some citizens have actively participated in advocating data transparency on Covid-19 cases, especially on the problematic death cases.



Webinar on “Jokowi’s Vision and Policies for Indonesia’s Economic Development: Laying the Foundations for Future Growth Acceleration?”


In this webinar, Dr Arief Ramayandi and Dr Siwage Dharma Negara discussed the challenges of laying the foundations for Jokowi’s vision, given the current Covid-19 crisis faced by the economy.



Webinar on “COVID-19 and the Islamic Umma in Indonesia”


In this webinar, Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani and Dr Syafiq Hasyim highlighted how the Muslim community in Indonesia responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the interactions of these responses with the government’s efforts to tackle the issue.



Webinar on “Indonesia’s Public Health Issues and Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic”


In this webinar, Dr Pandu Riono gives an update on the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia, including key policy issues and challenges to strengthen Indonesia’s public health infrastructure capacity.



Seminar on “Youth Digital Participation in Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Movement”


In this seminar, Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja explores the role of digital media in keeping the anti-corruption movement going, expanding and developing it online long after the protest has receded, in a context where traditional movements are increasingly difficult to sustain.



Seminar on “Indonesian Military Reforms: A Reflection 20 Years Later”


In this seminar, General Agus Widjojo shared about the challenges to preserve the results of Indonesian military reform that have been championed for over 20 years.



Seminar on “Threats or Opportunities: Indonesian Elites’ Perception of a Rising China”


In this seminar, Mr Ardhitya Eduard Yeremia Lalisang addresses the Indonesian elite’s perception of rising China and the impact of these perceptions on Indonesia’s policy towards China.



Seminar on “The Trial of Fictions: Islam, Laws, and Literary Works”


In this seminar, Ms Okky Madasari examines and compares two controversial Indonesian short stories written five decades apart.



Markets for Votes in Indonesia: Partisans, Personal Networks, and Winning Margins



About the Seminar

How widespread is vote buying in Indonesia? Although there has been a burst of scholarly and non-scholarly writings on the topic in the last few years, little is known about how many voters receive material incentives from politicians. This research offers a systematic answer to fundamental questions about the intensity of vote buying at parliamentary and local executive elections in Indonesia. Using data from a nationally representative survey, it demonstrates that vote buying has become central to electoral mobilisation in Indonesia. One out of three Indonesians was personally exposed to vote buying in most recent national legislative election, making the country the site of the third-largest reported sum of exchange of money for votes in the world. This study argues that candidates and brokers actually intend to target partisan voters, but in reality they mostly distribute benefits to voters who are politically rather indifferent, but who are embedded in personal networks through which they are connected to the candidate. Given their reliance on personal networks, most candidates and brokers typically misidentify non-partisans as loyalists because they misinterpret personal connections as partisan leanings. If vote buying is so misdirected, why do candidates invest so heavily in it? This study found that offers of vote buying in legislative elections influenced the vote choice of an estimated ten percent of total respondents. In this seemingly low number, however, lies the key to vote buying’s attractiveness. That ten percent effect of vote buying is sufficient for many candidates to secure their seats, explaining why they still engage in vote buying despite high levels of leakage. By proposing that vote buying in Indonesia is a function of achieving narrow victory margins, the study explains how and why vote buying is so prevalent in Indonesia.

About the Speaker

Burhanuddin Muhtadi is a PhD candidate under the Australia Awards Scholarship in the Department of Political and Social Change, in the Coral Bell School of Asia-Pacific Affairs, at ANU. He is a lecturer in “Election and Voting Behaviour” at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta. He is also an executive director of the Indikator Politik Indonesia and Director of Public Affairs at the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI). His research interests are voting behaviour, social movement, political Islam, and democracy. He also published his articles in the Asian Studies Review, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES), Asian Journal of Social Sciences, Asian Journal of Social Policy, Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies, New Mandala, and East Asia Forum.


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