E-Government as an Anti-Corruption Tool: Experience from Indonesia

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Objective - Transparency is promoted as one of the most important measures against corruption. E-government provides greater access to information that can subsequently increase transparency, accountability, and be used as an effective anti-corruption tool. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between e-government and corruption. Methodology/Technique - To gain more insight, we also investigate the effect of e-procurement as one of the e-government initiatives for tackling corruption. We use observations from local government (districts and cities) in Indonesia during the period 2012 - 2015. Findings - The results show that e-government implementation is associated with lower corruption. E-government reduces corruption by removing discretion, thereby curbing the opportunities for arbitrary action that often result in corruption. Novelty - Moreover, the results also show that adopting e-procurement increases transparency and accountability through increased competition among bidders and enables real-time access to information, which ultimately reduces corruption in public procurement.
Original languageEnglish
JournalContemporary Issues in Management and Social Sciences Research
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2017


  • Accountability, Corruption, E-government, E-procurement, Transparency


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