Property and authority in a migrant society: Balinese irrigators in Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Abstract

Multiple definitions of resources as property lead to competition over legitimate authority between state and non-state organizational and institutional arrangements. This article focuses on the overlapping and competing domains of the water users' association, WUA, and the 'traditional' Balinese irrigators' institution, subak. While the former is backed up by the power of state regulation and administration, the latter derives legitimacy from Balinese irrigators. The author presents a case study of the establishment and transformation of property rights in an irrigation-based Balinese migrant society in Indonesia; he concludes that, in the ongoing process of competition for authority and mutual adjustment, both institutions undergo important transformations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-217
JournalDevelopment and Change
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • natural-resource management
  • community
  • institutions
  • history

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