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Electoral Politics in Southeast Asia: Policy, Patronage, and Public Interest
Start Date: 4/10/2017Start Time: 4:15 PM
End Date: 4/10/2017End Time: 5:30 PM

Event Description
Throughout Southeast Asia, in a range of phenomena sometimes collectively labeled “money politics,” candidates for elected office distribute patronage—benefits that might include cash, food and other goods, public-sector jobs, infrastructure projects, or other rewards—via clientelist networks. Sometimes illegal or illicit, other times above-ground and at least tacitly condoned, such practices span the electoral cycle and deeply inflect the quality and character of governance structures, democracy, and national integration. This seminar will offer an overview of a multi-year, cross-national, collaborative research project to track and compare these practices and their implications for candidates, political parties, citizens, and policies in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Professor Weiss's research is in the field of comparative politics, focusing on Southeast Asia, especially Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Thematically, she explores processes and patterns of political development and mobilization, including such dimensions as electoral patterns and processes, nationalism and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, Islamism, "new media," and coalition-building in both civil society and electoral politics. Her primary current research projects focus primarily on various dimensions of political networks, party and coalition structures, collective identities, and the roles and strategies of legislators and other political leaders.
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Hatfield Library  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Room: Hatfield Room
Contact Information:
Name: Greg Felker
Phone: 6261
Email: gfelker@willamette.edu
Meredith Weiss
Event Sponsor(s):
Center for Asian Studies
Other Details:
Refreshments provided

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