Indonesia perhaps has the most pervasive, unique and nuanced forms of corruption in the world. Many people are ‘corrupt’ everywhere, everyday in Indonesia. It’s just the way society works.
While there are obviously harmful forms of corruption, Elizabeth Pisani investigates Indonesia’s positive forms of corruption through patronage which helps to explain why corruption exists in all levels of Indonesian society.
Corruption in Indonesia is no doubt complex. But the blanket term used from outside Indonesia to apply to the whole of the country’s internal function completely misunderstands how it works. Indeed, how we work.
With helpful, unhelpful and harmful corruption operating everyday in Indonesian society, one thing is for sure… it’s not going away any time soon.