This paper looks at the political family involved in the local politics in South Sulawesi, particularly the politicalrecruitment mechanism and political party institutionalization from the intra-party democracy perspective. Based on qualitative analysis, the findings of this research show that, firstly, a large number of political familiesinGolkar Party at South Sulawesi are a product of the oligarchymeritocratic political recruitment. Political legaciessuch as activitiesinsocial and political organizations give more advantages for the political families both in the political recruitment process and the access to power. Secondly,the weakness of Golkar Party’s institutionalization is showed by the dependence of Golkar Party to the party’s elite and the existence of factionalization within the party. As a result ofsuch weakness, several party leaders resign from Golkar Party, there by strengthening the role of political families in the political recruitment process. 50% of the 2014 electoral vote for the Golkar Party in the South Sulawesi Parliament has been largely contributed by the political families.
- political family; political party; political recruitment; political party institutionalization; intra-party democracy