Corruption and Good Governance: An Analysis of ASEAN's E-Governance Experience

Rubasundram, Geetha A. and Rasiah, Rajah (2019) Corruption and Good Governance: An Analysis of ASEAN's E-Governance Experience. Southeast Asian Economies, 36 (1). pp. 57-70. ISSN 2339-5095, DOI

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Since its formation in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has progressed to become an economic powerhouse. From a loosely formed grouping in the 1960s, its members have since undergone massive integration. A key motive of the Association is to transfer government and public services onto a technology platform, termed e-government. An important concern is whether e-governance can reduce corruption and stimulate sustainable development. Using traditional governance measures and e-governance indices, this paper analyses the state of governance and corruption in ASEAN. While the deepening of e-governance - via government and public participation - has raised the potential for improving good governance practices, that in itself can be counterproductive as socioeconomic agents could broaden corrupt practices by appropriating its public-good-like characteristics. Hence, ASEAN governments have to implement changes in their communications strategies and feedback mechanisms, remove barriers blocking the spread and use of information technology, and promote a collaborative environment with civil society organizations, while considering the use of the "carrot and stick" approach to improve good governance. © 2019 ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ASEAN; Corruption; E-governance; E-participation; Good governance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International) Office > Asia-Europe Institute
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2020 02:51
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 02:51

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