POLITICAL PARTICIPATION OF LOCAL ISLAMIC ORGANIZATIONS IN REGIONAL HEAD ELECTIONS (A CASE STUDY IN WEST NUSA TENGGARA, INDONESIA)
Background: Political participation of local organizations is more progressive and objective in terms of regeneration and organizational commitment. Objective: This paper examines the political participation of Nahdlatul Wathan (NW) as a local Islamic organization in regional head elections in Indonesia. Methods: This study was a qualitative study based on Max Weber's theory of social action. Data were obtained by direct observation, interviews with regional head candidates supported by the Islamic organization of NW, and documentation of political activities. Results: The involvement of the Islamic organization (NW) in regional head elections was conducted by selecting the best candidates for the regional head. The political participation of the Islamic organization (NW) in regional head elections was conducted by the formation of political coalitions with political parties and participating in campaigns. Conclusion: Further studies are needed to investigate the consistency of other local Islamic organizations in political participation.