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Overseeing Oligarchy in Democracy

Title: Dissecting the Siamese Twins of Indonesian Political and Economic Rulers

Author: George Junus Aditjondro

Publisher: Institute for Press and Development Studies

Year: 2004

Democracy does not automatically eliminate corruption. Sometimes the economic and political forces in a democratic country work hand in hand to perpetuate power by undermining State finances at the expense of public interests.

George Junus Aditjondoro, an academic cum activist, tries to show this. The collapse of the New Order, which was followed by democratization, is in fact not in line with the disappearance of the practice of corruption, collusion and nepotism.

By using the concept of oligarchy, the author investigates the form of systemic corruption that occurs in Indonesia. In systemic corruption the practice of bribery (bribery) is only the outer layer. The inner layer that involves the practice of nepotism and the abuse of power has often escaped the attention of the public, anti-corruption activists and journalists.

The method of examining the inner layers of systemic corruption is described simply in this book. Starting from the congratulations and condolences published in the mass media to the use of databases owned by business consultants, they can be used in systemic corruption investigations.

On the sidelines of the discussion, George also included several cases of systemic corruption that occurred in Indonesia from the Soeharto government to Megawati. This makes it easier for readers to understand the technical investigative steps that are presented.

This book was first written 13 years ago and underwent minor revisions two years later. Many things have changed, such as the emergence of direct election mechanisms, at the national, provincial, and city / district levels. In addition, almost all the cases described in this book are national in scope. Then, is it still relevant to read this book with all the limitations of the discussion and the changes that have occurred?

One thing we can use as an excuse to read this book is the high cost of politics in Indonesia. This has the potential to encourage political power holders at the national and local levels to collect coffers to fulfill these funds by abusing their power.

This is what the author refers to as political corruption, when politicians or other officials use their privileged position to access resources (in any form) illegally to benefit them or other parties (p. 22). Furthermore, this will result in a conflict of interest that ultimately sacrifices the public interest.

Ahead of the simultaneous Pilkada, this book is increasingly important to read because there are 173 candidates for incumbent regional heads. Furthermore, there are 27 regencies / cities whose incumbent regional heads return to pair up in the Pilkada. This phenomenon is a potential political corruption that must be watched out for.

Related to this, this book can be a simple guide for journalists, anti-corruption activists, and the general public to sniff out systemic corruption practices. At least, after that we can prevent the conjoined twin of political and economic rulers that undermine regional finances and sacrifice public interests. {:} {: En}

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Title: Dissecting the Siamese Twins of Indonesian Political and Economic Rulers

Author: George Junus Aditjondro

Publisher: Institute for Press and Development Studies

Year: 2004

Democracy does not automatically eliminate corruption. Sometimes the economic and political forces in a democratic country work hand in hand to perpetuate power by undermining State finances at the expense of public interests.

George Junus Aditjondoro, an academic cum activist, tries to show this. The collapse of the New Order, which was followed by democratization, is in fact not in line with the disappearance of the practice of corruption, collusion and nepotism.

By using the concept of oligarchy, the author investigates the form of systemic corruption that occurs in Indonesia. In systemic corruption the practice of bribery (bribery) is only the outer layer. The inner layer that involves the practice of nepotism and the abuse of power has often escaped the attention of the public, anti-corruption activists and journalists.

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The method of examining the inner layers of systemic corruption is described simply in this book. Starting from the congratulations and condolences published in the mass media to the use of databases owned by business consultants, they can be used in systemic corruption investigations.

On the sidelines of the discussion, George also included several cases of systemic corruption that occurred in Indonesia from the Soeharto government to Megawati. This makes it easier for readers to understand the technical investigative steps that are presented.

This book was first written 13 years ago and underwent minor revisions two years later. Many things have changed, such as the emergence of direct election mechanisms, at the national, provincial, and city / district levels. In addition, almost all the cases described in this book are national in scope. Then, is it still relevant to read this book with all the limitations of the discussion and the changes that have occurred?

One thing we can use as an excuse to read this book is the high “political costs in Indonesia”. This has the potential to encourage political power holders at the national and local levels to collect coffers to fulfill these funds by abusing their power.

This is what the author calls political corruption, when? Politicians or other officials use their privileged position to illegally access resources (in any form) to benefit them or other parties? (p. 22). Furthermore, this will result in a conflict of interest which ultimately sacrifices the public interest.

Ahead of the simultaneous Pilkada, this book is increasingly important to read because there are 173 candidates for incumbent regional heads. Furthermore, there are 27 regencies / cities whose incumbent regional heads return to pair up in the Pilkada. This phenomenon is a potential political corruption that must be watched out for.

Related to this, this book can be a simple guide for journalists, anti-corruption activists, and the general public to sniff out systemic corruption practices. At least, after that we can prevent the conjoined twins of political and economic rulers that undermine regional finances and sacrifice public interests. {:}

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