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Forging the Future

Laura Evans

in Power from Powerlessness

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199742745
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895052 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199742745.003.0007
Forging the Future

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This chapter concludes the analysis and summarizes the argument. The chapter also suggests broader implications and extensions for other scholarship. Tribal governments have managed federal institutional niches, used them to accrue expertise, and nudged those niches towards even more hospitable frameworks. Thus, they have built independent expert organizations that can open up new political opportunities. These findings redirect our attention to lower-profile arenas, with the realization that certain actors have compelling reasons to focus their efforts there. The findings spotlight the influence of variegated institutional environments, not simply as settings of multiple veto opportunities, but also as venues for nuanced positive action. This book makes the case for more actor-centered institutionalism: to think more about agency in agenda-setting. Finally, the chapter engages timely policy debates about federalism, American Indian tribal governments, and Indian gaming.

Keywords: American Indian; tribal government; federalism; institutional niches; organizations; expertise; gaming

Chapter.  4047 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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