Corruption challenges at sub-national level in Indonesia

Since the fall of General Suharto’s regime, Indonesia has embarked on a comprehensive and unprecedented process of decentralisation, devolving almost overnight enormous responsibilities to regional, provincial and local governments. In spite of considerable achievements, the Indonesian decentralisation process continues to face major challenges of state capture by the local elites, a deeply entrenched patronage system and widespread petty and bureaucratic corruption. The emergence of stronger civil society and a free media constitute promising trends that, combined with further reforms aimed at promoting transparency, community participation as well as reinforcing upwards and downward accountability mechanisms, could ensure that decentralisation fully yields the intended benefits.

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