This podcast was originally hosted on PolGov Talks by PARES Indonesia, 21 December 2023. PARES is a Yogyakarta-based political risk analysis and resolution institution. In partnership with the Department of Politics and Government at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, PARES produces the talk show program “PolgovTalks” to provide an inclusive space for all in Indonesia.
“Political dynasties actually need democracy to thrive,” said Yoes C Kenawas. In his research, Yoes revealed that in one election, there was a threefold increase in the number of candidates who were political dynasty members. How could this be? Does democracy in fact create opportunities for someone to legally establish a political dynasty? Is this ethical? How do political dynasties in Indonesia really operate? In this interview, PARES interviews Yoes C Kenawas, a PhD candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University and IFAR Atma Jaya Research Fellow, who has studied political dynasties in Southeast Asia for over 15 years.