Time Slot: 
Tuesday 22nd March 13:30 - 15:00
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Fran Amery (University of Bath)
Panel Members: 
  • Dr Sophie Whiting (University of Bath)
  • Dr Jennifer Thomson (University of Bath)
  • Dr Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh)
  • Professor Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh)
  • Dr Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol)

The gendered implications of devolution and multi-level governance are a developing interest for feminist political science. Whilst the establishment of the devolved bodies in the United Kingdom has seen many gains for women in politics (far higher numbers of women have been elected in Edinburgh and Cardiff than in Westminster), devolution has also seen unequal change in other aspects (Northern Ireland has not seen the introduction of same-sex marriage legislation nor more liberal abortion laws). With the devolved structures of the United Kingdom now in place for almost twenty years, this panel takes stock of what they have (and have not) achieved in terms of gender equality. How have the devolved bodies addressed issues of gender justice? How can we explain and conceptualise difference across the various devolved institutions? This panel is organized by the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group.