The Neoliberal State, Recognition and Indigenous Rights

The Neoliberal State, Recognition and Indigenous Rights

New paternalism to new imaginings

Edited by: Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Maria Bargh, Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez

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The impact of neoliberal governance on indigenous peoples in liberal settler states may be both enabling and constraining. This book is distinctive in drawing comparisons between three such states—Australia, Canada and New Zealand. In a series of empirically grounded, interpretive micro-studies, it draws out a shared policy coherence, but also exposes idiosyncrasies in the operational dynamics of neoliberal governance both within each state and between them. Read together as a collection, these studies broaden the debate about and the analysis of contemporary government policy.

The individual studies reveal the forms of actually existing neoliberalism that are variegated by historical, geographical and legal contexts and complex state arrangements. At the same time, they present examples of a more nuanced agential, bottom-up indigenous governmentality. Focusing on intense and complex matters of social policy rather than on resource development and land rights, they demonstrate how indigenous actors engage in trying to govern various fields of activity by acting on the conduct and contexts of everyday neoliberal life, and also on the conduct of state and corporate actors.


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Jul 2018
CAEPR Research Monograph No. 40
ANU Press
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Law; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies
North America: Canada; Pacific: New Zealand

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  1. From new paternalism to new imaginings of possibilities in Australia, Canada and Aotearoa/New Zealand: Indigenous rights and recognition and the state in the neoliberal age (PDF, 0.2MB)Deirdre Howard-Wagner, Maria Bargh and Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez doi

Part 1: The connection between the act of governing, policy and neoliberalism

  1. Privatisation and dispossession in the name of indigenous women’s rights (PDF, 0.2MB)Isabel Altamirano-Jiménez doi
  2. Resisting the ascendancy of an emboldened colonialism (PDF, 0.2MB)Cathryn Eatock doi
  3. A flawed Treaty partner: The New Zealand state, local government and the politics of recognition (PDF, 0.2MB)Avril Bell doi
  4. Expressions of Indigenous rights and self-determination from the ground up: A Yawuru example (PDF, 0.2MB)Mandy Yap and Eunice Yu doi

Part 2: Pendulums and contradictions in neoliberalism governing everything from Indigenous disadvantage to Indigenous economic development in Australia

  1. Missing ATSIC: Australia’s need for a strong Indigenous representative body (PDF, 0.2MB)Will Sanders doi
  2. Neoliberalising disability income reform: What does this mean for Indigenous Australians living in regional areas? (PDF, 0.2MB)Karen Soldatic doi
  3. Indigenous peoples, neoliberalism and the state: A retreat from rights to ‘responsibilisation’ via the cashless welfare card (PDF, 0.2MB)Shelley Bielefeld doi
  4. Ideology vs context in the neoliberal state’s management of remote Indigenous housing reform (PDF, 0.4MB)Daphne Habibis doi
  5. Fragile positions in the new paternalism: Indigenous community organisations during the ‘Advancement’ era in Australia (PDF, 0.2MB)Alexander Page doi
  6. The tyranny of neoliberal public management and the challenge for Aboriginal community organisations (PDF, 0.2MB)Patrick Sullivan doi
  7. Aboriginal organisations, self-determination and the neoliberal age: A case study of how the ‘game has changed’ for Aboriginal organisations in Newcastle (PDF, 0.2MB)Deirdre Howard-Wagner doi

Part 3: The dynamic relationship Māori have had with simultaneously resisting, manipulating and working with neoliberalism in New Zealand

  1. Māori, the state and self-determination in the neoliberal age (PDF, 0.2MB)Dominic O’Sullivan doi
  2. Indigenous peoples embedded in neoliberal governance: Has the Māori Party achieved its social policy goals in New Zealand? (PDF, 0.2MB)Louise Humpage doi
  3. Indigenous settlements and market environmentalism: An untimely coincidence? (PDF, 0.2MB)Fiona McCormack doi
  4. Māori political and economic recognition in a diverse economy (PDF, 0.2MB)Maria Bargh doi

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