chapter  10
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The state and law reform in Indonesia


Surrounded as they are by myths of benign origin, goodwill, autonomy, integrity, precision, and equality, modern legal systems do not make their histories or foundations all that easy to understand (Arnold, 1935). Created by political power, more or less workable legal systems rely more on authority than power, for how well they induce compliance by officials and common citizens depends on their ability to convince the one that they work well and the other that they work fairly. The realities of legal orders are rendered naked when the institutions that define them break down and the myths blow away.