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Devolved governance and the substantive representation of women: the second term of the National Assembly for Wales, 2003-2007

Chaney, Paul 2008. Devolved governance and the substantive representation of women: the second term of the National Assembly for Wales, 2003-2007. Parliamentary Affairs 61 (2) , pp. 272-290. 10.1093/pa/gsm063

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Abstract

The UK's devolution programme in the 1990s was, in part, predicated upon ideas of ‘inclusiveness’ and overturning the traditional male domination of politics. Whilst attention has tended to focus on the increase in the numbers of women elected representatives, comparatively less focus has been placed upon the impact of devolution on women's substantive representation-or the situation whereby women's needs and concerns are reflected in public policy. This paper examines the case of the National Assembly for Wales. It concludes that while the link between women's presence as elected representatives and substantive representation is complex and mediated by a range of factors, probabilistically women are more likely than their male counterparts to use the institutional mechanisms of devolved governance in order to promote gender equality in policy and law.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0031-2290
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/19093

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