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Doing Democracy Differently: Indigenous Rights and Representation in Canada and Latin America


Roberta Rice

$62.99 HC / $34.99 PB (T)

176 pages, 11 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

978-1-77385-563-9 (Hardback)

978-1-77385-564-6 (Paperback)

978-1-77385-566-0 (Institutional PDF)

978-1-77385-567-7 (ePub)

September 2024

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About the Book

A comparative study of innovative approaches to Indigenous self-government.

Across North and South America, Indigenous people play a dual political role, building self-governing structures in their own nations and participating in the elections of settler states. Doing Democracy Differently asks how states are responding to demands for Indigenous representation and autonomy and in what ways the ongoing project of decolonization may unsettle the practice of democracy.

Based on the structured, focused comparison of four success stories across Northern Canada, Bolivia, and Ecuador, this book provides real-world examples of how Indigenous autonomy and self-determination may be successfully advanced using existing democratic mechanisms. Drawing on thorough original research to identify factors that create distinctive patterns within Indigenous-state relations, it argues that the capacity for democratic innovation lies within the realm of civil society while the possibility for uptake of such innovation is found within the state and its willingness to work with Indigenous and popular actors.

Operating at the intersection of Indigenous and Comparative Politics, Doing Democracy Differently takes seriously the role of institutions and the land on which they are built in the creation of democratic transformations in the Americas. This book advances Indigenous rights to autonomy and self-government and speaks to some of the thorniest issues in democratic governance.

About the Author

Roberta Rice is associate professor of Indigenous Politics and department head, Political Science, University of Calgary. She is author of The New Politics of Protest: Indigenous Mobilization in America’s Neoliberal Era and co-editor of Protest and Democracy.