Thursday, August 07, 2014

Money Politics: Patronage, Clientelism, and Electoral Dynamics in Southeast Asia (A Free Public Lecture by Paul Hutchcroft)

Money Politics: Patronage, Clientelism, and Electoral Dynamics in Southeast Asia

A Free Public Lecture by Paul D. Hutchcroft

Friday, 05 September 2014

2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Seminar Rooms 206-207
GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

About the lecture
The term ‘money politics’ is widely used throughout Southeast Asia, commonly as a vague but derisive label for political practices deemed unsavoury and in need of reform. But what is it, exactly, and how does it vary from one setting to another? Why is it important and what are its impacts? Throughout the region, large sums of patronage—particularistic benefits, including cash, goods, appointments, or other rewards—are distributed via clientelist and other political networks. Sometimes illegal or illicit, other times above-ground and tacitly condoned, such practices span the electoral cycle and deeply affect the quality and character of governance, democratic structures, and national integration.

In this talk, Paul Hutchcroft will provide an overview of a major collaborative research project on money politics in Southeast Asia that traces the character, causes and implications of patronage in Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand. Particular attention will be paid to the May 13, 2013 midterm elections in the Philippines.

About the lecturer
Paul D. Hutchcroft is a scholar of Comparative and Southeast Asian Politics, who has written extensively on Philippine politics and political economy. At present, he serves as Lead Governance Specialist with the Australian Embassy in Manila. He is on leave from his position as Professor of Political and Social Change at the Australian National University (ANU). From 2009 to 2013, he served as founding director of the School of International, Political and Strategic Studies in the Australia National University's (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific. He is the author of Booty Capitalism: The Politics of Banking in the Philippines (1998).

UP Asian Center, UP Third World Studies Center, UP Political Science Department

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