CDI Policy Paper: Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands

The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) at the ANU has just released a new Policy Paper on Political Governance titled Comparing Across Regions: Parties and Political Systems in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands (CDI PPS 2013/02). The authors, Prof. Jon Fraenkel and Prof. Edward Aspinall, seek to identify patterns of similarity and difference in political competition in Indonesia and the Pacific Islands through a survey of five major factors shaping the nature of the party systems in the two regions:

  1. broad context (size, geography and economic prosperity);
  2. the role of electoral systems and the rules governing parties;
  3. ethnic and religious identities;
  4. ideological issues or their absence; and
  5. how patronage shapes political allegiances.

“Despite obvious differences, the authors find some similar patterns of loose and fluid political party allegiances at the local level.” The authors will give a public lecture related to their research on 3 April 2013 [read more about this event].

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