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Dispersed Indigenous Governance: Making The Case For An Expanded Governance And Institutional Model
Pacific Solutions Conference (2011)
  • Kerry Brown, Southern Cross University
  • Neal Ryan, Southern Cross University
  • Neyxoot Greymorning
  • Thomas Dick, Southern Cross University

A need for a shift to new forms of governance is a recurring theme in Indigenous policy and action. The development of a reform strategy for Indigenous peoples and their communities to overcome legacies of prior dysfunctional governance arrangements has focused on investing in an array of participatory governance arrangements. Dispersed models of governance have come to the fore as pre-eminent modes of fostering inclusive and involved decision-making and service delivery. However, while a clear agenda for change is evident, there has not been a concomitant strategy for building the appropriate structures and institutional arrangements in order to achieve good Indigenous governance.

This paper argues that while the concept of Indigenous governance is presented as the new way forward, it has not been unpacked sufficiently to maximise the options available. Since this is necessarily a nuanced and multifaceted process, an extension of dispersed governance is proposed in order to capture the shift in processes engagement, accountability and transparency necessary to fully operationalise dispersed governance in the contemporary context. The contention is that implementing dispersed governance models requires new thinking in relation to institutional and community arrangements to both ensure appropriate representation and to avoid the inherent problems of conventional models of decision-making and resource allocation. This paper concludes that in this nuanced approach to dispersed governance, new relational-based institutional arrangements and power sharing operational components are required.

  • Indigenous governance
Publication Date
December, 2011
Citation Information
Kerry Brown, Neal Ryan, Neyxoot Greymorning and Thomas Dick. "Dispersed Indigenous Governance: Making The Case For An Expanded Governance And Institutional Model" Pacific Solutions Conference (2011)
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