Does Political Influence in Banking Survive Democratic Transition?

36 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2016

Date Written: August 25, 2016


While democratization is often fueled by the impetus to improve governance, particularly in politically connected industries, little empirical evidence exists as to whether these transitions actually lead to these desired changes. This paper seeks to understand whether political connections in banking survive democratic transition using the connectedness of political elites on Indonesia’s bank boards over the democratic transition of 1997. Panel estimates indicate that largely the answer is no; both political connectedness of bank board’s decreases after democratization as well as the influence of politicians on bank financial outcomes as well.

Keywords: democracy, political economy, authoritarianism, elite theory

JEL Classification: G21, N25, N45, P16

Suggested Citation

Poczter, Sharon, Does Political Influence in Banking Survive Democratic Transition? (August 25, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Sharon Poczter (Contact Author)

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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