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Big picture essays on Australian Indigenous Policy: Deep Structures and decolonising

Sanders, William

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This paper comprises three big picture essays reflecting on Australian Indigenous policy of the last half century. The first two were originally written in 2018 as contributions to a major international gathering of political scientists. The third was written in early 2021 as a response to Westbury and Dillon’s initial 2019 contribution to the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research’s (CAEPR’s) 30th anniversary Policy Insights: Special Series. Section I, the first essay, grapples with...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSanders, William
dc.contributor.otherAustralian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-08T00:16:58Z
dc.date.available2021-07-08T00:16:58Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-925286-62-5
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/238611
dc.description.abstractThis paper comprises three big picture essays reflecting on Australian Indigenous policy of the last half century. The first two were originally written in 2018 as contributions to a major international gathering of political scientists. The third was written in early 2021 as a response to Westbury and Dillon’s initial 2019 contribution to the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research’s (CAEPR’s) 30th anniversary Policy Insights: Special Series. Section I, the first essay, grapples with ideas of structure in Indigenous policy, what endures and what changes. Five deep and persisting structures are identified and discussed: federalism, competing principles, high moralism, a remote focus, and the individual–communal dimension. Section II, the second essay, grapples with the idea of what a decolonising approach to Australian Indigenous policy might look like and how it might be brought about. Building on Rowse’s 2012 analysis of two idioms of social justice and recognition – ‘peoples’ and ‘populations’ – in Indigenous policy, it argues that the ‘peoples’ idiom must come to the fore. The final essay is longer and more complex, responding explicitly to Westbury and Dillon (2019). It summarises their two main arguments about political settlements and ongoing exclusion in order to develop points of debate. In so doing, it returns to and extends the discussion of three of the deep structures outlined in Section I: federalism, high moralism and a remote focus. This essay also connects the decolonising of Indigenous policy to the idea of deeply informed agency.
dc.format.extent44 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherCanberra, ACT: Australian National University, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolicy Insights Paper (Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), The Australian National University); No. 05/2021
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subject.lcshAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
dc.titleBig picture essays on Australian Indigenous Policy: Deep Structures and decolonising
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
dc.date.issued2021
local.identifier.absfor169902 - Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
local.publisher.urlhttp://caepr.cass.anu.edu.au/research/publications
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSanders, William, The Australian National University. Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
local.identifier.doi10.25911/E6JF-VY08
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
local.mintdoimint
CollectionsANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)

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