Rowman and Littlefield International

Indigenous Politics

Institutions, Representation, Mobilisation

Edited by Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, Jo Saglie, and Ann Sullivan

Over the last fifty years, indigenous politics has become an increasingly important field of study. Recognition of self-determination rights are being demanded by indigenous peoples around the world.

Ebook ISBN: 9781785522406 Release date: Aug 2016
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Paperback ISBN: 9781785522352 Release date: Aug 2016
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Hardback ISBN: 9781907301667 Release date: Aug 2015
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Pages: 240

ECPR Press

Over the last fifty years, indigenous politics has become an increasingly important field of study. Recognition of self-determination rights are being demanded by indigenous peoples around the world. Indigenous struggles for political representation are shaped by historical and social circumstances particular to their nations but there are, nevertheless, many shared experiences. What are some of the commonalities, similarities and differences to indigenous representation, participation and mobilisation? This anthology offers a comparative perspective on institutional arrangements that provide for varying degrees of indigenous representation, including forms of self-organisation as well as government-created representation structures. A range of comparative and country-specific studies provides a wealth of information on institutional arrangements and processes that mobilise indigenous peoples and the ways in which they negotiate alliances and handle conflict.


List of Figures and Tables vii

Contributors ix

Preface xiii

Chapter One – Introduction: Perspectives on

Indigenous Politics 1

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, Jo Saglie and Ann Sullivan



Chapter Two – States’ Definitions of Indigenous Peoples:

A Survey of Practices 25

Ravi de Costa

Chapter Three – Indigenous Political Representation in Liberal-Democratic

Countries: A Comparative Analysis 61

Jane Robbins

Chapter Four – Making Space for Indigenous Governments:

Comparing Patterns of Institutional Adaptation in Canada

and the United States 95

Martin Papillon


Chapter Five – Māori Representation and Participation in National

and Local Government Politics 115

Ann Sullivan

Chapter Six – Action, Organisation and Confrontation: Strategies of the

Sámi Movement in Sweden during the Twentieth Century 135

Patrik Lantto and Ulf Mörkenstam

Chapter Seven – The Sámediggi Electoral Roll in Norway: Framework,

Growth and Geographical Shifts, 1989–2009 165

Torunn Pettersen

Chapter Eight – Self-Determination as a Political Cleavage: The Norwegian

Sámediggi Election of 2009 191

Johannes Bergh and Jo Saglie

Chapter Nine – Who Shall Represent the Sámi? Indigenous Governance in

Murmansk Region and the Nordic Sámi Parliament Model 213

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie

Chapter Ten – Semi-Autonomy: Contemporary Challenges for Indigenous

Peoples in Brazil 253

Einar Braathen and Cássio Inglez de Sousa


Chapter Eleven – The Devil Never Left: Indigeneity and Protest in

Morales’ Bolivia 277

John-Andrew McNeish

Chapter Twelve – Indigenous Rights, Political Mobilisation and Indigenous

Control over Development: Natural-Gas Processing in Western Australia 301

Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

Index 325

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie is a researcher at NIBR – Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research. He is currently writing a history PhD at the University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway. His research is mainly on political organisation, representation, governance and discourses related to indigenous peoples and other ethnic minorities particularly in, but not limited to, Russia and the Nordic countries.

Jo Saglie is Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, Oslo, Norway and Adjunct Senior Researcher at the Sámi University College in Guovdageaidnu, Norway. His main research interests include party organisations and intra-party democracy, local elections and local democracy, as well as indigenous politics.

Ann Sullivan is a member of the northern Ngapuhi tribe of New Zealand. She is an Associate Professor of Maori Studies and co-Head of Te Wananga o Waipapa/School of Maori Studies and Pacific Studies, University of Auckland. Her main research interests are Maori electoral behaviour, representation and public police policy. Her teaching covers a range of areas of Maori development with an emphasis on public policy.

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