Village head elections in Java: Money politics and brokerage in the remaking of Indonesia's rural elite

Edward Aspinall, Noor Rohman

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    Abstract

    To explore how democratisation is transforming Indonesia's rural elite, we examine two village head elections in Central Java. Despite the competitiveness of these elections, the campaigning modes employed by candidates, especially vote buying, points to elite continuity, because only wealthy villagers can compete for office. Moreover, links with higher state officials remain important for village elites, allowing them to win political support by obtaining projects from local government. However, rather than being incorporated as subordinates in a bureaucratic hierarchy as during authoritarian rule, village elites are now true rural brokers, exercising considerable leverage in their relations with the state.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)31-52pp
    JournalJournal of Southeast Asian Studies
    Volume48
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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