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This study examines the existence of local budget utilization behaviour by incumbents who have politically interested policies, since they have motive to attract prospective voters. This study focuses on 254 provincial and districts/cities in Indonesia which held simultaneous regional head election in 2015. It analyses targeted expenditures that have highly visible to please voters, and allegedly affect vote-share results, such as budget deficits, total spending, investment spending, discretionary funds include its sub components: grants, social aids, and financial aids. According to the results obtained, there is no indication of politically driven fiscal policy by incumbent candidates in almost all spending categories. However, there is a positive and significant relationship between the regions that have incumbents and grant expenditure subcategory behaviour. This finding indicates that this category expenditure is still popular among incumbents to stimulate citizens and gain sufficient vote-share later on.


political budget cycles fiscal spending policy simultaneous local elections

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Setyo Priyono, Ministry Of National Development Planing

Planner Staff at Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas and a Post Graduate Student Linkage Program at PPIE-FEUI and ISS-EUR.

Natashca Wagner, International Institute of Social Studies-Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Associate Professor at International Institute of Social Studies-Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Hague

How to Cite
Setyo Priyono, & Natashca Wagner. (2018). Political Budget Cycles At Subnational Level: Evidence From Th e Indonesian Simultaneous Regional Election In 2015. Jurnal Perencanaan Pembangunan: The Indonesian Journal of Development Planning, 2(3), 203-218.