November 30, 2022

Talking Indonesia: political candidates and “anti-corruption”

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Indonesia has announced that it will hold its next general elections on February 14, 2024, to select a new president and members of the national, provincial and district legislatures. It will be the biggest election event in Indonesian history, with more candidates campaigning at the same time than ever before.

In past elections, fierce electoral competition has seen many candidates resort to vote buying (or “money politics”) to give them an edge in their campaigns. But a small number of candidates are choosing to take a risk and run against the status quo on an “anti-corruption” platform.

Why is the politics of money so prevalent in Indonesian election campaigns? Why would a candidate choose to run on an anti-corruption platform, and do they stand a chance of winning if they do? What does all this mean for the future of Indonesian democracy? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jemma Purdey discusses these questions and more with Dr Elisabeth Kramer, Deputy Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Center (SSEAC), Sydney University and author of The dilemma of candidates: anti-corruption and monetary policy in Indonesian electoral campaigns.

In 2022, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University, Dr. Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne, Doctor Jacqui Baker from Murdoch University and Tito Ambyo from RMIT.

Look for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Find previous episodes here, subscribe via Apple podcast or listen through your favorite podcasting app.