Obstacles to Public Sector Accounting Reform in Indonesia


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This paper draws attention to the importance of improving the quality of public sector accounting in Indonesia, in line with the aims of reformasi (reform) and demokratisasi (democratisation), and in the context of decentralisation. It highlights a continuing lack of progress in reform of government accounting. This is attribut- able partly to a lack of interest in and understanding of the issues among newly empowered electors. Successive governments have been reluctant to push hard for accounting reform, not least because improved accountability poses a signifi cant threat to politicians’ and bureaucrats’ overall income levels. In addition, current hu- man resource management practices in the public sector have resulted in a shortage of accounting skills, and without these there is little prospect of successful reform in this area. A possible solution may be to establish a parallel civil service specifi cally to undertake the accounting functions of government. INTRODUCTION
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-376
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes


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