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.
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.