Contributing to the growing discourse on political parties in Asia, this book looks at parties in Southeast Asia’s most competitive electoral democracies of Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. It highlights the diverse dynamics of party politics in the region and provides new insights into organizational structures, mobilizational strategies and the multiple dimensions of linkages between political parties and their voters.

The book focuses on the prominence of clientelistic practices and strategies, both within parties as well as between parties and their voters. It demonstrates that clientelism is extremely versatile and can take many forms, ranging from traditional, personalized relationships between a patron and a client to the modern reincarnations of broker-driven network clientelism that is often based on more anonymous relations. The book also discusses how contemporary political parties often combine clientelistic practices with more formal patterns of organization and communication, thus raising questions about neat analytical dichotomies.

Straddling the intersection between political science and area studies, this book is of interest to students and scholars of contemporary Southeast Asian politics, and political scientists and Asian Studies specialists with a broader research interest in comparative democratization studies.

chapter 1|19 pages


Political parties and clientelism in Southeast Asia
ByDirk Tomsa, Andreas Ufen

chapter 2|20 pages

What type of party?

Southeast Asian parties between clientelism and electoralism
ByDirk Tomsa

chapter 3|22 pages

Lipset and Rokkan in Southeast Asia

Indonesia in comparative perspective
ByAndreas Ufen

chapter 5|21 pages

Anti-party attitudes in Southeast Asia

ByPaige Johnson Tan

chapter 6|19 pages

Electoral system choice and parties in new democracies

Lessons from the Philippines and Indonesia
ByJae Hyeok Shin

chapter 7|22 pages

Bringing clientelism and institutions back in

The rise and fall of religious parties in Indonesia's electoral democracy
ByKikue Hamayotsu

chapter 8|21 pages

Who's the perfect politician?

Clientelism as a determining feature of Thai politics 1
ByElin Bjarnegård

chapter 9|23 pages

Building local party organizations in Thailand

Strengthening party rootedness or serving elite interests?
ByPunchada Sirivunnabood

chapter 10|29 pages

Clientelism and party politics in the Philippines

ByJulio C. Teehankee