2014 Holland Prize Recipient: Nathan Allen

From Patronage Machine to Partisan Melee: Subnational Corruption and the Evolution of the Indonesian Party System

Nathan Allen
Asia Pacific Foundation, Vancouver, Canada
Volume 87, No. 2, June 2014, pp. 221–245

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Why has the number of political parties and their supporters increased in Indonesia despite increasing institutional incentives to consolidate? Nathan Allen’s article answers this intriguing question by developing the concept of “rent opportunities,” the ability to access and abuse state resources to explain cases of cross-district variance and link subnational levels of analysis to national level dynamics. His nuanced and counter-intuitive analysis demonstrates the crucial role corruption has played in the evolution of the party system in the third largest democracy and fourth most populous country in the world.

image-hollandprize-AllenNathan Allen completed his Ph.D. in political science at the University of British Columbia and is a researcher and program manager at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada.

Cultural Policy and Film Industry as Negotiation of Power: The Chinese State’s Role and Strategies in its Engagement with Global Hollywood 1994–2012

Wendy Su
University of California, Riverside, USA
Volume 87, No. 1, March 2014, pp. 93–114

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Academic and media publications often depict Hollywood as an unstoppable global juggernaut, leaving shattered fragments of domestic film industries in the wake of its search for markets outside of the United States. Wendy Su challenges this portraiture by explaining how the Chinese government has adapted to and integrated global capital and market forces into its management of domestic film production and distribution systems. Using various Chinese-language primary and secondary sources, the article provides a thorough and balanced analysis of how Hollywood’s entry into China triggered negotiation, adaptation and reinforcement of state power.

image-hollandprize-SuWendy Su Wendy Su is assistant professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California Riverside. Her research falls on the intersections of global communication, Chinese media studies, and cultural studies. She is especially interested in China’s communication and cultural policy study, cultural industries research, transnational film studies, and Asian modernity. Her book manuscript, China’s Encounter with Global Hollywood from 1994 to 2013 —-Cultural Policy, Film Industry and Postsocialist Modernity, is currently in press with the University Press of Kentucky. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was a long time journalist in mainland China and Hong Kong.