Whose politics and which science: beyond the colonial in liberal political theory

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Abstract

This article examines liberal political theory’s limits and possibilities in relation to indigenous self-determination. It shows that while the liberal tradition has provided theoretical rationale to the colonial project it is also equipped to rationalise a politics of substantive indigenous inclusion. The article introduces the recourses that exist within liberal theory for non-colonial interpretations of citizenship, democracy and sovereignty. It shows how these concepts may be interpreted to contribute to a liberal theory of indigeneity as a theory emphasising independent indigenous authority on the one hand and culturally contextualised and substantive participation in the politics of the state on the other.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-406
Number of pages11
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Volume54
Issue number3
Early online date22 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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