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Andersson, Anna, 2021. Perspectives on Sámi participation shaping a duty to consult : investigating problem representations and the opportunities to influence policy-making. Second cycle, A2E. Uppsala: SLU, Dept. of Urban and Rural Development

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Abstract

Sweden has a longstanding reputation internationally for promoting and upholding human rights, however leading up to today the state has repeatedly received critique from international human rights bodies for failing to protect Sámi rights. Therefore the state has initiated the process of developing a duty to consult, which could potentially entail a fundamental change for Sámi rights in Sweden.

The development of a policy to strengthen Sámi rights has engaged a wide range of actors and generated an extensive debate. This thesis has examined the divergence in views on this clearly contested issue, and the factors that have held the government back from a law proposal that more fully respects Sámi rights.

An application of the WPR approach allowed the study to investigate underlying assumptions and understandings of Sámi participation within the government and among involved actors, and further how these understandings shaped the development of the duty to consult.

The findings show that the Swedish state’s aspiration to strengthen Sámi rights falls short, as other interests are valued higher, resulting in a proposed duty to consult that does not fully provide the means for the Sámi people to influence decision-making processes regarding matters that concern them.

Main title:Perspectives on Sámi participation shaping a duty to consult
Subtitle:investigating problem representations and the opportunities to influence policy-making
Authors:Andersson, Anna
Supervisor:Holmgren, Sara and Kløcker Larsen, Rasmus
Examiner:Nordström Källström, Helena
Series:UNSPECIFIED
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2021
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NM026 Environmental communication and management - Master's programme
Supervising department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Keywords:indigenous rights, duty to consult, participation, FPIC, WPR approach, problem representations
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-500259
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-s-500259
Subjects:Land economics and policies
Rural sociology and social security
Nature conservation and land resources
Language:English
Deposited On:02 Jul 2021 06:56
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jul 2021 11:59

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