Indigenous rights and governance theory: an introduction

Hans-Kristian Hernes, Else Grete Broderstad, Monica Tennberg

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Worldwide, there are tensions over resources and territories between Indigenous peoples and extractive industries. That these tensions have increased and become more intense is no surprise, given historical records and current land encroachments. Still, efforts at cooperation by Indigenous peoples and industry are by no means unheard of. Indigenous peoples have successfully secured rights through international law, improving participation and enhancing self-determination as a people equal to other peoples. The business sector has also increasingly reformed its approach to human rights. This book is based on projects studying how Indigenous peoples interact with different industries—mining, aquaculture and renewable energy—and how the interaction is framed by international law, national legislation and policies, and business approaches. Our theoretical framework for understanding new forms of governance that involve actors from government (state), market and civil society is interactive governance theory formulated by Jan Kooiman and others. This chapter presents the background on Indigenous rights, discusses the framework of interactive governance and outlines the chapters of the book.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous peoples, natural resources and governance
Subtitle of host publicationagencies and Interactions
EditorsMonica Tennberg, Else Grete Broderstad, Hans-Kristian Hernes
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-003-13127-4
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-67415-1, 978-0-367-67416-8
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoEC publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

Series Routledge Research in Polar Regions

Field of science

  • International political science
  • Sociology


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