Clientelism in the ethnopolis: Ethnic contribution networks and political fundraising under late multiculturalism

Kwok, Jen T. (2008) Clientelism in the ethnopolis: Ethnic contribution networks and political fundraising under late multiculturalism. Journal of Australian Studies, 32 4: 467-479. doi:10.1080/14443050802471376


Author Kwok, Jen T.
Title Clientelism in the ethnopolis: Ethnic contribution networks and political fundraising under late multiculturalism
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-3058
Publication date 2008-12-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443050802471376
Open Access Status
Volume 32
Issue 4
Start page 467
End page 479
Total pages 13
Editor Martin Crotty
Melissa Harper
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject C1
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Abstract This paper employs ethnographic method to theorise about the ethnic contribution networks enabled by major Australian political parties, with specific regard to Chinese Australian formations, and in the context of globalisation's impact upon 'de-nationalising' political institutions. The paper expands upon the notion of the contribution network by situating it within network theory literature, asserting the need for stability in the diffuse forms of resource exchange indicates that it is sustained by mixed and weak network ties. The character of the contribution network as a significant mode of political engagement by ethnic Chinese network actors, moulds participation in the political process that is both party ambivalent and politically apathetic. Its impact upon Chinese Australian political incorporation raises important questions about the role of progressive political theory, which through the politics of recognition has sought to legitimate modes of group representation, including clientelistic formations, as a means to enhancing the political inclusion of marginalised Australian migrant and ethnic communities.
Keyword Australian politics
Chinese Australian
Clientelism
Ethnic communities
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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