DOES COLLECTIVE ACTION INSTITUTIONALIZE RATIONAL CHOICE? CANDIDATE SELECTION IN INDONESIAN POLITICAL PARTIES

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Andi Luhur Prianto
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2828-3981
Achmad Nurmandi
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6730-0273
Zuly Qodir
https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8568-703X
Hasse Jubba
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4171-2501

Abstract

The selection process for local head candidates in the electoral democracy in Indonesia is still closed and confidential. Recruitment regulations are insufficient to control the informal actions of the candidate selection process, which is based on political pragmatism. This paper examines the dynamics of local head candidate selection from the rational choice institutionalism approach, with the collective action perspective. The research method uses content analysis, with analyzed interpretively using the NVivo 12 plus application. Research findings show that candidate selection in political parties is not entirely based on supply and demand but as a rational choice formed from the collective actions of party elites. In deciding the mayoral candidate in Makassar City in Indonesia 2020, political parties are influenced by collective mentality, individual quality, group size and resources in political parties. The conclusion is that the rational choice institutionalism approach through the practices of principal-agent, game-theory and rule-based models occurs in the selection of local head candidates. This rational choice institutionalism approach explains the tension between political actors to maximize personal and group interests in political party institutions.

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Prianto, Andi Luhur, Achmad Nurmandi, Zuly Qodir, and Hasse Jubba. 2022. “DOES COLLECTIVE ACTION INSTITUTIONALIZE RATIONAL CHOICE? CANDIDATE SELECTION IN INDONESIAN POLITICAL PARTIES”. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs 8 (3):63-82. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2283063p .
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Andi Luhur Prianto, Department of Islamic Politics – Political Sciences, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Department of Government Studies, Universitas Muhammadiyah Makassar, Indonesia

Andi Luhur Priantois Vice-Dean for Academic and Cooperation Affairs at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences of Muhammadiyah University of Makassar, Indonesia. He previously held the position of Chairman of Department of the Government Studies from 2009 to 2018. He received his academic background including BA in Political Science and Government, MS in Development Administration (Public Policy), and Ph.D in Political Science (Islamic Politics) with a specific interest in the institutionalization of democracy in Muslim society, political parties, and elections. His research focuses on governance, religion and politics, digital society, climate change governance, and democratic institutions. He has received appreciation as an honorary member of the Political Science Association of Kasetsart University, Thailand

Achmad Nurmandi, Jusuf Kalla School of Government, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Full Professor in Government & Administration Affairs at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His positition is Vice-Rector for Cooperation & International affairs in Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indoenesia. He has published several books and hundreds papers in globally reputable journals. Currently serving as Chairman of the Association of Indonesian Government Studies and General-Secretary of Asia Pacific Society for Public Affairs (APSPA).

Zuly Qodir, Department of Islamic Politics – Political Sciences, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Associate Professor in Political Sociology at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His positition is Vice-Director for Academic Affairs in Graduate Program, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indoenesia. He has published several books and hundreds papers in globally reputable journals.

Hasse Jubba, Department of Islamic Politics – Political Sciences, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Associate Professor in Islamic Politics at the Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His research focus on Islamic studies, religion and politics, and democaratic institutions. He has published several books and dozens papers in globally reputable journals.