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    Political Theory and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (edited book)
    with Paul Patton and Will Sanders
    Cambridge University Press. 2000.
    This challenging book focuses on the problem of justice for indigenous peoples – in philosophical, legal, cultural and political contexts – and the ways in which this problem poses key questions for political theory. It includes chapters by leading political theorists and indigenous scholars from Australia, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Canada and the United States. One of the strengths of this book is the manner in which it shows how the different historical circumstances of colonisation in these count…Read more
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    The logic of Aboriginal Rights
    Ethnicities 3 (3): 321-44. 2003.
    Are there any Aboriginal rights? If there are, then what kind of rights are they? Are they human rights adapted and shaped to the circumstances of indigenous peoples? Or are they specific cultural rights, exclusive to members of Aboriginal societies? In recent liberal political theory, aboriginal rights are often conceived of as cultural rights and thus as group rights. As a result, they are vulnerable to at least three kinds of objections: i) that culture is not a primary good relevant to the cu…Read more
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    Review of William E Connolly, Pluralism (review)
    Political Theory 34 (6): 824-827. 2006.
  • That consent could wholly explain – either descriptively or normatively – the legitimacy of the structure of political community and its most important and influential institutions and practices is deeply implausible. There are two general sorts of considerations adduced against such a proposition. First, history simply refutes it: force is an essential feature of the founding of any political society, and arguably, for its continued existence, and power relations, in all their complexity, are i…Read more