Muhammad Zein Abdullah, Weka Widayati, Bahtiar, Dasmin Sidu
Abstract: The practice of democracy in the Southeast Sulawesi generally hadnt run as expected. The broad authority to develop in a local democracy had not been realized properly. The practice of democracy through the establishment of political parties, general elections, elections of leaders in the region (regional heads such as governors, mayors and regents along with his deputy, including the head of the village), the implementation of public policy, was not capable of running as its ideal concept. Even the organizers of the government and local authorities had not been able to fully follow the rules and regulations of applicable laws that underlie the implementation of democratic values in Indonesia such as the application of the principles of good governance that had been mandated by various laws of local government management. The participatory development planning ran only as symbolic, normative and virtual, the local budget management was still at the discretion of the authorities, the aspirations and needs of the people were still lacking to realize. It illustrated the lack of substantive participation of the public, the responsiveness of government officials was still low, the concern of the government to the local people in managing resources and budgets were still lacking, the capitalization of power still continued.
Keywords: Reality Local Politic, Regional Autonomy