Political Celebrity Recruitment in Legislative Elections 2014

Firdaus Syam, Sahruddin, AjengRizqiRahmanillah

The involvement of celebrities in politics is one of the political phenomena today. The presence of celebrities in the political arena will influence events regarding an accurate political recruitment model in the Indonesian political system. The increasing involvement of celebrities in the realm of legislative politics shows a change in the mechanism of political recruitment by political parties. Legislative candidate positions are no longer based on inadequate experience in politics, intellectual capacity, integrity, and a clear track record, which makes them worthy of sitting in political positions. However, the democracy of democracy and the electoral law at this time have given celebrities the opportunity to participate in the legislative world. In addition, celebrities also have functions that benefit political parties so that many political parties choose to carry out political regeneration of artists. Although many celebrities or actors/actresses lack intellectual capacity and adequate political experience, it did not discourage political parties from nominating artists in the 2014 legislative elections. The elections had many artists who became parliamentary candidates, which were scattered in almost all political parties. Most of the artists had no experience in the world of politics, and they were as if people appeared for fortunes ahead of the legislative elections. It is undoubtedly different from political recruitment in countries with mature democracies.

Volume 12 | Issue 2

Pages: 3037-3048

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12I2/S20201421