Thick Individuality Within Thin Sense of Public Confusion within the Battle Against Corruption



Various concepts, models or theoretical frameworks
are on offer, to frame the public in fighting against
corruption in Indonesia. They include: bureaucratic
reform, good governance, civil society engagement
etc. In response to the failure to bring corruptionfree
status, experts unnoticeably tend to blame public
officers instead of ensuring the accuracy and the
reliability of the framework. This reflective literature
review reveals such tendency. To begin with, it maps
out the logical basis of each approach, particularly
in conceptualizing the ‘public’, the ‘private’, and
their relationship. The reliability of the approaches
will emerge as we link the conceptualization with
real life the public or socio-cultural context. The review
reveals that analysis on corruption and its imperative
are ideologically driven, and hence, suffers
from ideological bias. It obsesses with altering the
behaviour of public officers, which inevitably entrapped
with particular set-up. As liberal discourse
take place in non-liberal institutional set-up, the
public fail to comprehend the nature of the problems
and the solution on offer. Instead of setting up
context-specific agenda, public a dragged on various
forms of reform such as granting political rights,
enhancing civil society, articulate more autonomy
and alike. As overwhelming individual within the
battles against corruption overloaded with asserting
of more public role, they encountered with difficulty
in setting the boundary between the public and the
private. As Indonesia has been endowed with different
institutional set-up in governing public affairs,
corruption-free public governance remains elusive.
This is because the reforms dismantle the existing 

powerbase, which actually is vital for winning the fight against corruptive
KEYWORDS: public, private, corruption

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