Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Indonesian Politics, SIP 2019, 26-27 June 2019, Central Java, Indonesia

Research Article

The Role of the Campaign Team as Brokers: The Case of the Minahasa Regent Election in 2018

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.25-6-2019.2287969,
        author={Atler Septimus Ughude and Panji Anugrah Permana},
        title={The Role of the Campaign Team as Brokers: The Case of the Minahasa Regent Election in 2018},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Indonesian Politics, SIP 2019, 26-27 June 2019, Central Java, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ISIP},
        year={2019},
        month={9},
        keywords={campaign team pdi-p capacity clientelist brokerage},
        doi={10.4108/eai.25-6-2019.2287969}
    }
    
  • Atler Septimus Ughude
    Panji Anugrah Permana
    Year: 2019
    The Role of the Campaign Team as Brokers: The Case of the Minahasa Regent Election in 2018
    ISIP
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.25-6-2019.2287969
Atler Septimus Ughude1,*, Panji Anugrah Permana1
  • 1: Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
*Contact email: atler31@gmail.com

Abstract

The recruitment of a political machine to win elections is generally done by political parties and candidates, but in Indonesia, it has most often been done directly by candidates. However, a different scenario occurred in the Minahasa Regent election in 2018, where the Roring-Dondokambey campaign team was recruited and organized by a party. This study analyzes the campaign team’s capacity and its role in the election. The paper argues that the campaign team consisted of people with strong capacities and appropriate clientelist strategies play an important role to win the candidates. This article draws on Zarazaga’s theory of brokers’ capacity as a political machine and Nichter’s clientelist approach model, i.e., the campaign team recruited by the PDI-P had local knowledge, political reputations as elites, knowledge of the party’s reputation, and the ability to maintain voter loyalty. Team members used these capacities to buy votes and reward loyalists in order to win the election