- Governing Ideas and Collective Expectations: the Australian Cases
- Myth and Myth-making
- Ideas of Nationhood
- Australia’s Electoral Innovations
- Not-Minster? Australia’s Bespoke System of Government
- Australia’s Federal Framework: Constitutional Fundamentals, Federal Institutions, and Intergovernmental Balance
- Australian Political Parties: Evolution and Adaptation
- Social Protection and Vulnerability: Australia’s Distinctive Public Policy Profile
- Australian Politics in Local Government: Place-Making in Town and Country
- Divided Against Itself: Plural Sovereignties and the Australian State
- Settlement and Migration: Shaping Australian Political Identity
- Australia’s Pursuit of Place in the World
- The Politics of the Environment in Australia
- The Politics of Australia’s Economic Development
- Gender and Sexuality in Australian Politics
- Religion and Politics
- Indigenous–Settler Relationships: Policy, Rights, Reconciliation, and Sovereignty
- Disrupting Media and Politics: When the Old Rules Break, How Can the Public Interest be Served?
- New Public Management and Service Privatization in Australia
- Policy Learning in the Australian Public Service
- Integrity and Accountability in Australian Government and Politics
- Performance in the Public Sector
- Innovating the Public Sector in Australia
- The Field and Study of Deliberative Democracy in Australia
- Political Organizations and Participation
- Political Psychology and Experimentation
- Political Leadership
- Beyond ‘Structured Inattention’: Towards Australian Indigenous Political Studies?
Abstract and Keywords
Australian scholarly knowledge of Indigenous politics is predominantly conducted on settler–colonial terms that elide Indigenous sociopolitical order and shape Indigenous agency. This manifests in an evolving form of ‘structured inattention’ that implicitly or explicitly accepts the bounds of settler rule and operates across apparently divergent policy phases regardless of party-political differences. Exceptions to this pattern have tended to have relatively less influence on public policy, but have persisted from the 1980s. Critical approaches are currently burgeoning, apparently in response to unresolved questions about how colonial domination shapes politics and governing, and how these phenomena are known and studied.
University of Queensland, School of Political Science and International Studies
Southern Cross University, College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
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