Breaking the Chains of Transactionalism: A Village Election without Money Politics in Panggungharjo

Longgina Novadona Bayo(1*), Purwo Santoso(2)

(1) Faculty of Social and Political Sciences Universitas Gadjah Mada
(2) Universitas Gadjah Mada
(*) Corresponding Author


The logic of corruption has seemingly been accepted as a normal part of democratic practices. This article challenges this logic, referring to the successful example of Panggungharjo, a village on the outskirts of Yogyakarta.[1]Without romanticising this village and its experiences, this article seeks to show the decisions and steps necessary for realising change and breaking the chains of transactionalism. Change is only possible if both the supply of and demand for money politics are cut off.  Transformation is only possible when changes occur in supply and demand. In other words, transactionalism can only be avoided in electoral politics when a shift in demand coincides with the stigmatisation of transactional practices.

[1]   Administratively, Panggungharjo is part of Bantul Regency. However, it is sociologically a sub-urban part of Yogyakarta City.


anti-vote buying, money politics, village chief elections

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