The Ideologizing of The Golkar's "Work and Concrete Service" Characteristics


Politics, Ideology, Works and Concrete Service, Party, Golongan Karya


The Golkar Party has well-established historical, ideological, sociological, and socio-political roots in the social formation of the nation-state of Indonesia. As an old political party with an influential role in every era of the Indonesian political system, the Golkar Party managed to keep its existence, position, and contribution in national politics and statehood. However, after the 1998 Reformation, "traditions grew within the Golkar Party, manifesting in a culture of "pragmatic-transactional politics" and "money politics" in every election. The Golkar's adaptive political dynamics have drawn our interest in examining the depth of its ideology or characteristics or traits as so-called "Work and Concrete Service." This study argues that Soekarno is the first and principal initiator of the birth of "concrete service-politics" in Indonesia. This paper uses qualitative research methods to explain that the conception of the ideology of functionalism has built the nation with an alignment and arrangement system geared towards achieved desired harmony, allowing all political and state systems to function harmoniously.