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Women, politics and constitutional change: the first years of the National Assembly for Wales

Chaney, Paul, Mackay, Fiona and McAllister, Laura 2007. Women, politics and constitutional change: the first years of the National Assembly for Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

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Abstract

This volume draws upon academic research to provide an accessible account of the way that the changes introduced by devolved governance are transforming the role of women in contemporary Welsh politics. It sets out current ideas in academic thinking and why political and social scientists are excited about, and interested in, devolution. It is based on original interviews with participants as well as a wide range of secondary sources. It draws upon research in Scotland and Northern Ireland in order to place the events reported on within the wider context of devolution in the UK. The volume begins by examining how women activists used the political opportunities afforded by constitutional reform to further gender equality and women's participation in politics. These actions led to unique, and as yet little known, innovations such as the Welsh Assembly's statutory duty to promote equality of opportunity. This account examines the background to, and effects of affirmative action taken by three political parties such that the new Welsh legislature has the second highest proportion of women elected representatives amongst national government bodies in Europe. It explores the notable development whereby women are in a majority in the Welsh executive's cabinet. Against the background of pro-devolution rhetoric that stated the case for a 'new politics' based on 'inclusiveness', this volume presents a timely assessment of a new phase in Wales's history; one that has redefined women's role in contemporary Welsh politics.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 9780708318959
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 12:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3023

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