Regional Legislative’s Political Communication under Supervision of COVID-19 Pandemic Control Program in West Java Province, Indonesia
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Keywords

Political communication, government programs, COVID-19 pandemic, regional legislative institution, regional government, supervision function

Abstract

With the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic as world’s biggest emergency, the Central Government and the Regional Governments in Indonesia released COVID-19 pandemic control policies. One of the areas most affected by COVID-19 was West Java Province; hence, the West Java Provincial Government took many policy decisions to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most important decisions was related to administering local government by the Regional House of Representatives (RHRs) as Regional Legislative Institution (RLI). The RHR enjoyed the right and liberty to make regional regulations, and monitor budgets. This study aimed to reveal the Regional Legislative Institution’s political communication model in carrying out the supervisory function of the COVID-19 prevention program. With an interpretive subjective approach, and qualitative research design, a case study method approach was adopted. The data collection techniques used were interviews, observation, and reference studies. The results of this research revealed that the political communication of supervision of Regional Legislative Institutions in COVID-19 Pandemic Management was the implementation of the normative mandate of the supervisory function of Regional Legislative Institutions. These functions were executed to implement Regional Government Programs through the execution of their rights, obligations, duties, and authorities as members of the RHRs’, Members of Fractions, Members of Commissions and Chiefs of the RHRs. This study devised two models, one on RHRs’ political communication surveillance on the COVID-19 pandemic control program: second a model on the RHRs’ Corrective Political Communication.

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