Self-governance refers to the exercise of authority over oneself - whether that is at the individual, organization or national level - without outside interference.

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Problems and Purpose

Self-governance is the exercise of power or control over oneself without external interference. The concept of self-government can apply on various scales - from the individual to the organizational to the national. Methods and institutions of self-government also vary are all founded on the right or power to autonomous decision-making. 

Origins and Development

Participant Recruitment and Selection

How it Works: Process, Interaction, and Decision-Making

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

See Also

Carcross/Tagish First Nation Self-Governance and Policy Making 


External Links

Covenants With and Without a Sword: Self-Governance is Possible  

The Politics of Self-Governance 

Prospects for village self‐governance in China: 

What is Self-Governance? Fact Sheet # 1 - Whitecap Dakota First Nation 


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