The Politics of Development in Bali

  • Agung Wardana


Bali is a changing world. In contrast to the romantic imaginary as a peace and harmony-loving society, throughout the history, Bali has been shaped by conflicts and contestations over space, people, and resources. In this chapter, I trace the politics of development in Bali since the colonial period, and especially under the forces of globalisation facilitated by the tourism industry. This chapter describes the complex relationships between local institutions in Bali, including the adat village, administrative village, traditional irrigation association (subak), and wider governmental structures. It shows how contestations over the governance of space in contemporary Bali have been the product of the complex interface between the political economy of tourism, the persistence of rent-seeking embedded in post-New Order democratic and decentralised institutions, and the continued importance of locally grounded customary institutions.


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  • Agung Wardana
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