The Politics of Campaign Funding in The Presidential Election 2019

Authors

  • Abdul Rahman Ma'mun Universitas Indonesia
  • Meidi Kosandi Universitas Indonesia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37010/lit.v2i2.93

Keywords:

Campaign funding, presidential election, Jokowi-Ma'ruf, Prabowo-Sandi, Oligarchy

Abstract

This paper discusses the politics of campaign funding in the Presidential Election 2019 with a focus on the dimension of receiving large campaign fund contributions from oligarchs to the Presidential Candidates and Vice Presidential Candidates for Jokowi-Ma'ruf and Prabowo-Sandi and the dimension of repayment to contributors and voters at post-presidential election. In this regard, this paper also discusses the pattern of funding for the Jokowi-Ma'ruf campaign as the winner of the 2019 Presidential Election, which influenced the changes in the form of the oligarchic political structure resulting from the Presidential Election 2019. The analysis of this paper is based on Jeffrey A. Winters' Oligarchy theory which is supported by the concept of funding campaign from USAID by relying on secondary data on the campaign fund reports of Jokowi-Ma'ruf and Prabowo-Sandi which were reported to the KPU and audited by a public accounting firm. The offered argument is that the politics of campaign funding of the Jokowi-Ma'ruf pair as the winner of the Presidential Election 2019, involving large contributors from the oligarchs, influenced the change in the oligarchic nature of the government, as a result of the Presidential Election, namely the change in the nature of oligarchic involvement in coercion and power from being divided into collective, and the change from being wildly competing among oligarchs to being lenient in cooperation in government.

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Author Biography

Meidi Kosandi, Universitas Indonesia

Meidi Kosandi is a lecturer in Department of Political Science Universitas Indonesia, currently serves as Chair of the Postgraduate Political Science Study Program at the Universitas Indonesia. He is a former Executive Secretary for Dean of Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Indonesia. Then, he was a Head of Planning and Development Office Universitas Indonesia during 2010-2012. He completed his MA and PhD in International Relations at Ritsumeikan University, Japan. His research projects include the rise of China and the future of East Asian Regional Affairs, cooperation and development in South China Sea and human trafficking in Southeast Asia.

Research interests

  • East Asian studies,
  • South China Sea,
  • Geopolitics and security strategies,
  • Indonesian foreign and security policy,
  • Political economy

Publications

Human Trafficking in Southeast Asia: Finding Collective Solution through ASEAN, Nasion, Vol. 10,
No. 1, 2014

Shifting Paradigms and Dynamics of Indonesia-China Relations:
Towards the Best Use of Theoretical Eclecticism, Asian Politics and Policy, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2013

Parallel Evolution of Practice and Research on ASEAN Economic Integration:
From Paradigm Contestation to Eclectic Theorization,
Ritsumeikan Annual Review of International Studies, Vol. 11, 2012

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Published

2020-10-15

How to Cite

Ma’mun, A. R., & Kosandi, M. (2020). The Politics of Campaign Funding in The Presidential Election 2019. LITERATUS, 2(2), 162-180. https://doi.org/10.37010/lit.v2i2.93