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State reorganisation

Implicit in any critique of the structure of the Indonesian state is the normative desire for a more equitable alternative. As noted, the philosophical underpinnings of the Indonesian state are incoherent, so a reconsideration of the state, its meaning and purpose is essential in order to address its manifest shortcomings. The autonomy laws of 2000 might be regarded as one limited gesture in this direction, although they are quite limited in scope and in many cases seen as inadequate in terms of addressing fundamental problems of the redistribution of power and wealth (see Kingsbury 2002: 145-7). This means that a more fundamental reconsideration of the state is required.