American Indian Self-Determination: The Political Economy of a Successful Policy


Examines the changing level of congressional support for the federal American Indian policy aimed at promoting self-determination, through self-governance of federally recognized tribes. 

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Cornell, Stephen, Joseph P. Kalt. "American Indian Self-Determination: The Political Economy of a Successful Policy." JOPNA Working Paper No. 1. Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy, Harvard Project for American Indian Economic Development, The University of Arizona. Tucson, Arizona. 2010. 

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