The Limits of Ethnic Clientelism in Indonesia

Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs (RIMA), Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 35-65, December 2008

31 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2008 Last revised: 19 Feb 2009

Date Written: December 30, 2008

Abstract

The rapid growth of religious political parties and the outbreak of ethnic and religious conflict in some places after the end of the New Order in 1998 encouraged the view that from now on religion and ethnicity would set the tone. Clearly a sense of religious and ethnic community plays a stronger role in Indonesian voter behavior than in a western liberal democracy. But how far does this go? What are the limits of Asian communitarianism? We still lack a case study demonstrating from the ground up where the limits of communitarian politics might lie. This article seeks to provide such a case study by focusing on the politics of arguably the largest ethnic organisation in Indonesia, the South Sulawesi Family Association (Kerukunan Keluarga Sulawesi Selatan, KKSS).

Keywords: ethnicity, clientelism, communitarianism, democracy, articulation

Suggested Citation

van Klinken, Gerry, The Limits of Ethnic Clientelism in Indonesia (December 30, 2008). Review of Indonesian and Malaysian Affairs (RIMA), Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 35-65, December 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1321803

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