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Contemporary Bali

Contested Space and Governance

  • An important contribution to legal geography, governance, and the anthropology of law, as well as to the understanding of economic developments in Bali

  • Broadens the definitions of law and space, and applies these within the complex legal-institutional configurations of decentralised Indonesia

  • Demonstrates the mechanisms through which social actors mobilise legal-institutional arrangements to advance their interests

  • Highlights the extent to which multiple and often conflicting spatial constructions, arising from diverse interests and identities at different governance scales, reflect back on the existing political-legal constellation, with significant social, cultural, and ecological implications


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Agung Wardana
    Pages 1-25
  3. Agung Wardana
    Pages 27-59
  4. Agung Wardana
    Pages 61-96
  5. Agung Wardana
    Pages 97-128
  6. Agung Wardana
    Pages 129-161
  7. Agung Wardana
    Pages 163-200
  8. Agung Wardana
    Pages 201-233
  9. Agung Wardana
    Pages 235-247
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 249-289

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive examination of spatial and environmental governance in contemporary Bali. In the era of decentralisation, Bali's eight district governments and one municipality acquired a strong sense of authority to extract revenues from within their territorial borders while disregarding the impacts beyond them which has exacerbated environmental, cultural and institutional issues. These issues are addressed through reorganising space. In reality, however, such re-organisation has predominantly been in order to provide space for tourism investments and market expansion. The outcomes of reorganising space are in fact shaped by the dynamics of power that interface with increasingly complex legal and institutional structures. These complex structures provide more arenas for vested interests to manoeuvre, but at the same time provide different forms of legitimacy for local forces to challenge the dominant process. The book demonstrates the mechanisms through which social actors mobilise legal-institutional arrangements to advance their interests.


Asian Studies Indonesian law and governance anthropology of law legal geography Indonesian politics Bali Studies area studies

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Universitas Gadjah MadaYogyakartaIndonesia

About the authors

Agung Wardana is a Lecturer at Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indenesia. He holds a PhD from Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Australia. His articles have been published by Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law. His research interests include: environmental law and governance, world heritage conservation, legal geography, and socio-legal studies.

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