Models of Political Representation: A Study of Village Chief Elections and Candidacies

Arga Pribadi Imawan(1*), Haryanto Haryanto(2)

(1) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(2) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


Electoral contestations at the village level have seemingly been an ‘isolated’ phenomenon in social and political studies. Most studies have focused on local executive and legislative elections, as well as the political representations they involve. This article, instead, looks to the village level, examining the political representation involved in the village chief  elections of  Dlingo, Bantul, Yogyakarta. Qualitative research methods (interviews, live-in observations) were conducted before, during, and after the elections. This study finds that the rise of  the two candidates could be traced to various factors and tendencies, and that the models of  political representation at the village chief  (executive) level are similar to those in legislature.


Keywords: models of political representation, village chief elections, village chief candidates

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