A Code of Conduct for Indonesia: Problems and Perspectives
27 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2007
Date Written: 2007
Previous analyses have shown that the success of ethics reforms such as the adoption of codes of ethics and codes of conduct depends on whether legislators have homogeneous ethical standards. In the present paper, after discussing why the DPD (upper chamber) and the DPR (lower chamber) of the Indonesia legislature have decided to enact a code of conduct, by discussing the results of a survey that we conducted in the Indonesian legislature we show that the ethical standards of Indonesian legislators are far from being homogenous. In the final section of the paper we suggest that, if previous studies were correct in positing a link between homogeneity of ethical standards and the success of conduct codes, then Indonesian legislators should take some steps to homogeneize their ethical views before drafting and implementing the code of conduct.
JEL Classification: J79
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