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Indigenous Self-determination through a Government Agency? The Impossible Task of the Swedish Sámediggi
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (English)In: International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, ISSN 1385-4879, Vol. 23, no 1, 105-127 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The last two decades have witnessed a growing global acknowledgement of indigenous rights, for instance manifested in the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Nordic countries have all responded to the rights claims of the indigenous Sámi people by establishing popularly elected Sámediggis (Sámi Parliaments) to serve as their representative bodies. Internationally, the Sámediggis are often referred to as ‘models’ for indigenous self-governance and participation. Using in-depth interviews with politicians and civil servants, this article provides the first empirical study of the daily work of the Swedish Sámediggi, with a specific focus on its institutional design as a government agency with dual roles: as an administrative authority under the Swedish government and as a popularly elected representative body of the Sámi people. We examine how these dual roles affect the work of the Sámediggi and if the Swedish Sámediggi safeguards the Sámi right to self-determination.

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2016. Vol. 23, no 1, 105-127 p.
Keyword [en]
Sámi Parliament, indigenous rights, self-determination
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138387DOI: 10.1163/15718115-02301004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138387DiVA: diva2:1067052
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The Sámi Parliaments as Representative Bodies: A Comparative Study of the Elections in Sweden and Norway 2013Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Self-Determination: The Institutional Design and Policy Process of the Swedish Sámi ParliamentIndigenous rights and nature conservationIndigenous Rights and the Global Politics of Resource Extraction: The Case of Mining in Sápmi
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Swedish Research Council FormasRiksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2017-01-19 Created: 2017-01-19 Last updated: 2017-01-23Bibliographically approved

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