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High Political Costs: Causes and Effects of High Election Costs in Indonesia



One of the striking characteristics of Indonesian democracy is the transactional politics of every politician who wants to compete in elections, whether in the legislative, presidential, or local elections. The impact of transactional politics, in the end, damages the foundations of elections and is also dangerous for democracy. Upholding the principles of transparency and accountability can only be fully implemented in some elections. At least three factors arise in this context: limited regulations, weak enforcement of regulations, and low political will of stakeholders in promoting transparency and openness.

As the organizer of elections, the Ministry of Home Affairs plays a role in encouraging the implementation of quality elections that are genuinely substantive and promote democracy to be more meaningful. Therefore, we respectfully invite researchers, teachers, bureaucrats, policy analysts, students, activists, other functional officials, and government observers to participate in the publication of Bestuurskunde this time by sending manuscripts (Indonesian/English), both results of field research or even literature studies related to political costs and the high cost of elections in Indonesia.