Gender and devolution in Spain and the United Kingdom

Meryl Kenny*, Fiona Mackay

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The starting point of this essay is that the emerging literature on gender politics and state architecture needs to take seriously the insights from devolving multilevel states, as well as from formal federations and classic unitary states. The formal components of state architecture, and the dynamics of scale, are important-but hitherto neglected-features to consider in any gendered analysis of politics. We argue, however, that it is impossible to read off in any straightforward manner whether a particular form of state architecture provides a "gendered advantage." Instead, we argue that the practice and interplay of state architecture and political actors is as important as formal features.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-286
Number of pages7
JournalPolitics and Gender
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2011


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