Women, Politics and Constitutional Change

The First Years of the National Assembly for Wales

Author: Paul Chaney,Fiona Mackay,Laura McAllister

Publisher: N.A


Category: History

Page: 253

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Female activists around the globe have long used the political opportunities afforded by constitutional reform to further gender equality and women’s participation in politics. This timely and accessible volume addresses the way in which changes introduced by devolved governance in Wales have transformed the role of women in contemporary Welsh politics and presented a new phase in the history of Welsh women’s activism. Based on original interviews with participants as well as a range of secondary sources, Women, Politics, and Constitutional Change examines the innovations, background, and effects that have led the new Welsh legislature to the second-highest proportion of women representatives in all of Europe, and the pro-devolution rhetoric of “inclusiveness” that opened the way.

Transforming Childcare and Listening to Families

Policy in Wales and Beyond

Author: Wendy Ball

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 0708325521

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

View: 1564

This book presents original ethnographic research into the connections between childcare, family lives and social policy in Wales.

Gender and Social Justice in Wales

Author: N.A

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 0708322697

Category: Social Science

Page: 265

View: 6320

This book assesses how policies developed by the National Assembly for Wales are affecting gender inequalities and investigates whether they are having an impact on social justice for women in Wales. In 1999 the first elections to devolved governments took place in Scotland and Wales. In Wales this resulted in 40 per cent of Assembly Members being women. In 2003 this proportion increased to 50 per cent which makes the National Assembly for Wales 'the first legislative body with equal numbers of men and women in the world' ("The Guardian", 3/5/03). This new gender balance of political representatives is a significant change in the gendering of political institutions and this, together with the creation of a new tier of government, has the potential to create new opportunities for the development of social policies which address gender and other social inequalities. Focusing on distinct policy domains, this book explores gender politics in a devolved Wales. Each chapter investigates a particular aspect of social policy, exploring the way it has developed since devolution and the extent to which considerations of gender and social justice for women are central to this development. The empirical chapters which form the core of the book are situated theoretically and politically by the first chapter which discusses how gender and social justice can be theorised and explores devolution and its relation to gender politics in Wales.

Language and Governance

Author: Colin H. Williams

Publisher: University of Wales Press

ISBN: 9780708321126

Category: Political Science

Page: 534

View: 8040

This fascinating book examines the relationship between language and governance in Europe and Canada, dealing with theoretical debates, constitutional changes, political trends and language initiatives. The contributors are international specialists, key decision makers and heads of civil servant departments charged with the implementation of language policy in Canada and also various countries such as Wales and Ireland. The volume combines a fascinating amalgam of academic scrutiny and first hand knowledge of the intricacies of promoting official and lesser used languages in Canada and parts of the EU. The volume is divided into four parts: Languages in Social and Political Context; Comparing Legislative and Institutional Frameworks; Assessing Policies and Programmes; and Devolution, Federalism and the Empowerment of Linguistic Communities.

Placing the Nation

Aberystwyth and the Reproduction of Welsh Nationalism

Author: Rhys Jones,Carwyn Fowler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780708321379

Category: History

Page: 237

View: 5515

Rather than viewing nationalism as something that exists purely on a national scale, Placing the Nation examines how the importance of people embedded within particular places contributes to nationalism’s cultural reproduction. Articulating this theme by examining the contributions of Aberystwyth citizens to the reproduction of Welsh nationalism since the 1960s, this volume demonstrates how national discourses and practices are generated within specific locales and then communicated to the broader membership of the nation. This wide-ranging and rich account reenergizes both our geographical and social constructions of nationalism’s changing conceptions.

The Government and Politics of Wales

Author: Russell Deacon

Publisher: EUP

ISBN: 9780748699735

Category: Political Science

Page: 180

View: 6865

This new textbook explains Welsh devolution through the use of case studies, critical analysis and clear explanations of processes and terms. As the Welsh Assembly moves towards becoming a Welsh Parliament and the Welsh Government fashions a Welsh policy agenda, distinct from Westminster, students of British politics will learn how Welsh politics works in practice and how it is evolving.

Women's Movements

Flourishing Or in Abeyance?

Author: Sandra Grey,Marian Sawer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134042396

Category: Political Science

Page: 208

View: 3593

Written by leading women's movement scholars, this book is the first to systematically apply the idea of social movement abeyance to differing national and international contexts. Its starting point is the idea that the women's movement is over, an idea promoted in the media and encouraged by scholarship that regards disruptive action as a defining element of social movements. It goes on to compare the trajectories over the past 40 years of women's movements in Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Finally, it looks at the extension of feminist activism into supranational and subnational institutions—the global and the local—and into cyberspace. Comparing these diverse sites of political and social action illuminates some of the major opportunities and constraints that have impacted upon women’s movements. It advances our understanding of the lifecycles of social movements by examining the differing ways in which women's movements operate and sustain themselves over time and space, ways that often differ from those of male-led movements. The book also engages with the question of whether there is an on-going women's movement—with sufficient continuity to warrant description as such—by presenting the voices of young activists East and West. Filling an important gap in social movement research, this book will be of interest to sociologists, political scientists and gender studies scholars and researchers.

The Indian Constituent Assembly

Deliberations on Democracy

Author: Udit Bhatia

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351654993


Page: N.A

View: 7538

The Indian Constituent Assembly laid the foundations of the largest democracy in the world. The debates between the members of the Assembly form the bedrock of the Indian Constitution. The chapters in this volume propose a range of methodological perspectives from which these critical debates might be read. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, they explore themes such as party politics, ideas of rights, including caste and minority rights, social justice and the philosophy of free speech. A major contribution to the study of Indian politics, this book will be indispensable to political scientists, political theorists, legal scholars, historians, lawyers and general readers interested in the history of the Indian Constitution.

Faces on the Ballot

The Personalization of Electoral Systems in Europe

Author: Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit Department of Political Science Alan Renwick,Jean-benoit Pilet

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199685045

Category: Elections

Page: 304

View: 7022

One of the key shifts in contemporary politics is the trend towards greater personalization. Collective actors such as political parties are losing relevance. Citizens are slowly dealigning from these actors, and individual politicians are therefore growing in importance in elections, in government, within parties, and in media reporting of politics. A crucial question concerns how this new pattern could be restructuring politics over the long run - notably, whether the personalization of politics is changing the institutional architecture of contemporary democracies. The authors show that the trend towards personalization is indeed changing core democratic institutions. Studying the evolution of electoral systems in thirty-one European democracies since 1945, they demonstrate that, since the 1990s, there has been a shift towards more personalized electoral systems. Electoral systems in most European countries now allow voters to express preferences for candidates, not just for political parties. And the weight of these voters' preferences in the allocation of seats has been increased in numerous countries. They examine the factors that appear to be driving this evolution, finding that the personalization of electoral systems is associated with the growing gap between citizens and politics. Politicians and legislators appear to perceive the personalization of electoral systems as a way to address the democratic malaise and to restore trust in politics by reducing the role of political parties in elections. The book also shows, however, that whether these reforms have had any success in achieving their aims is far less clear. Comparative Politics is a series for students, teachers, and researchers of political science that deals with contemporary government and politics. Global in scope, books in the series are characterised by a stress on comparative analysis and strong methodological rigour. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research. For more information visit: www.ecprnet.eu. The Comparative Politics series is edited by Emilie van Haute, Professor of Political Science, Universite libre de Bruxelles; Ferdinand Muller-Rommel, Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Leuphana University; and Susan Scarrow, Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Houston.

The Popular Encyclopedia

Being a General Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature, Biography, History, and Political Economy, Reprinted from the American Edition of the 'Conversations Lexicon' ... with Dissertations on the Rise and Progress of Literature

Author: Sir Daniel Keyte Sandford,Thomas Thomson,Allan Cunningham

Publisher: N.A


Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

View: 1908

Iceland’s Financial Crisis

The Politics of Blame, Protest, and Reconstruction

Author: Valur Ingimundarson,Philippe Urfalino,Irma Erlingsdóttir

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317209745

Category: Political Science

Page: 278

View: 1847

Being the first casualty of the international financial crisis, Iceland was, in many ways, turned into a laboratory when it came to responding to one of the largest corporate failures on record. This edited volume offers the most wide-ranging treatment of the Icelandic financial crisis and its political, economic, social, and constitutional consequences. Interdisciplinary, with contributions from historians, economists, sociologists, legal scholars, political scientists and philosophers, it also compares and contrasts the Icelandic experience with other national and global crises. It examines the economic magnitude of the crisis, the social and political responses, and the unique transitional justice mechanisms used to deal with it. It looks at backward-looking elements, including a societal and legal reckoning – which included the indictment of a Prime Minister and jailing of leading bankers for their part in the financial crisis – and forward-looking features, such as an attempt to rewrite the Icelandic constitution. Throughout, it underscores the contemporary relevance of the Icelandic case. While the Icelandic economic recovery has been much quicker than expected; it shows that public faith in political elites has not been restored. This text will be of key interest to scholars, policy-makers and students of the financial crisis in such fields as European politics, international political economy, comparative politics, sociology, economics, contemporary history, and more broadly the social sciences and humanities.

British Political Leaders

A Biographical Dictionary

Author: Keith Laybourn

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576070433

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 363

View: 7358

Alphabetically arranged entries profile 198 people who filled the top four offices of the British state and the post of secretary of state for the colonies between 1730 and the present.

Delineating Wales

Constitutional, Legal and Administrative Aspects of National Devolution

Author: Richard Rawlings

Publisher: Politics and Society in Wales


Category: History

Page: 644

View: 3538

A critical evaluation of the constitutional, legal and administrative aspects of devolution in Wales, comprising comments on the defects of the present governmental regime and an examination of possible new developments, based on extensive research following the first term of the National Assembly of Wales, with explanatory textual notes.

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge

Author: Cheris Kramarae,Dale Spender

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135963150

Category: Reference

Page: 2050

View: 4716

For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.

National Parliaments within the Enlarged European Union

From 'Victims' of Integration to Competitive Actors?

Author: John O'Brennan,Tapio Raunio

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134149204

Category: Political Science

Page: 336

View: 1977

This book presents a wide range of perspectives on the role of national parliaments in EU politics and policy-making. Many accounts of the role of national parliaments portray them as passive victims of European integration. This study instead examines their role within the EU policy-making process, looking at efforts to address perceived democratic and information ‘deficits'. Bringing together leading scholars in the fields of European studies, public policy analysis, and legislative research, this new volume provides: a thorough and wide-ranging synthetic analysis of the position of national parliaments within the EU policy-making structures a range of detailed country studies, including for the first time an analysis of the new member state parliaments in Central and Eastern Europe an analysis of the significant changes to the position of national parliaments brought about by the recent Convention process and the provisions of the EU’s Constitutional Treaty. Making an important contribution to an emerging comparative literature on the parliamentary dimension to EU public policy-making, National Parliaments within the Enlarged European Union will interest students and researchers in the fields of European integration, EU politics, and public policy analysis.

Nation-Building and National Identity in Timor-Leste

Author: Michael Leach

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 131531164X

Category: HISTORY

Page: 276

View: 6306

Timor-Leste’s long journey to nationhood spans 450 years of colonial rule by Portugal, a short-lived independence in 1975, and a 24-year occupation by Indonesia. This book examines the history of nation-building and national identity in Timor-Leste, and the evolution of a collective identity through two consecutive colonial occupations, and into the post-independence era. It charts the evolution of the idea of an East Timorese nation: its origins, its sources, and its competitors in traditional understandings of political community, and the distinct colonial visions imposed by Portugal or Indonesia. The author analyses the evolution of ideas of collective identity under the long era of Portuguese colonial rule, and through the 24-year struggle for independence from Indonesia from 1975 to 1999. Reflecting the contested history of the territory, these include successive attempts to define its members as colonial subjects in a wider ‘pluri-racial’ Portuguese empire, as citizens in an ‘integrated’ province of the Republic of Indonesia – and, of course, as a nation that demanded its right to self-determination. Finally, the host of nation-building tensions and fault lines that emerged after the restoration of independence in 2002 are discussed. Examining the history of debates and conflict over national identity, national history, cultural heritage, language policy, and relationships between distinct regions, generations, and language groups, this book will be of interest to academics in the fields of Asian studies, nationalism studies, and international and community development.

Taiwan's Democracy

Economic and Political Challenges

Author: Robert Ash,Chair of Contemporary China Institute School of Oriental and African Studies Robert Ash, Professor,John W. Garver,Penelope Prime

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136672788

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 216

View: 5678

This book analyses the political and economic challenges Taiwan has faced since since its democratic revolution began with the lifting of martial law in 1987. Taiwan's Democracy will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, Chinese politics and economics, international politics and economics, and development studies.

New South Wales Politics, 1901-1917

An Electoral and Political Chronicle

Author: Joan Rydon,R. N. Spann,Helen Nelson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Elections

Page: 195

View: 9411