The impact of pre-electoral coalitions on mayoral election outcomes in Indonesia

Vol: 
2018/20
Author name: 
Blane D. Lewis
Year: 
2018
Month: 
August
Abstract: 

The extent to which pre-electoral coalitions (PECs) influence executive elections in presidential systems has not been subject to rigorous empirical study. This paper uses regression discontinuity methods to identify the causal effect of PEC size on mayoral election outcomes in Indonesia. The study finds that mayoral candidates backed by PECs comprising political parties that control council seat shares exceeding first-round electoral vote thresholds are around 18-24 percentage points more likely to win those elections than their counterparts supported by smaller-sized PECs.

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