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On teaching political theory to undergraduates

Originally posted on UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group:
By Manjeet Ramgotra The recent Department for Education proposal on the theory component of the Politics A-Levels raises the question as to what counts as knowledge. The proposal more or…

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You Can’t Study Politics Without Women

Originally posted on UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group:
The PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group Response to the Department for Education’s A-Level Politics Consultation While the PSA Women and Politics Group welcomes the inclusion of ‘Political Ideas’ as…

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The Women’s Equality Party will struggle to win seats, but it can push women’s issues up the political agenda

Originally posted on UK PSA Women & Politics Specialist Group:
The Women’s Equality Party was founded earlier this year with the aim of promoting gender equality for the benefit of all. But what are its long term political prospects, and…

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Devolving abortion law: a positive step or cause for concern?

With powers over abortion legislation set to be devolved to Holyrood, Jennifer Thomson asks whether this presents an opportunity or a potential setback for women’s rights in Scotland. Powers over abortion are set to be devolved from Westminster to Edinburgh. The news, … Continue reading

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Has the Tide Turned for Women’s Representation in Scotland?

Scotland has a female First Minister, who competes in Holyrood with a female Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, as well as a female leader of the Scottish Conservatives. While this should be welcomed, we should not assume that the … Continue reading

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Gender and the Independence Referendum, #GE2015, Brexit, and beyond

How do women engage differently in referenda and elections? And why does this matter? These were some of the questions explored at Feminizing Politics ESRC Seminar in Edinburgh last month on ‘Voice: Women, the Independence Referendum 2015, and the General Election … Continue reading

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Gender Quotas and the Myth of ‘Merit’

Originally posted on Women 50:50:
Dr. Meryl Kenny, University of Edinburgh  Bring up the topic of gender quotas and you will face a barrage of well-worn criticisms – they are undemocratic, they discriminate against men, they promote ‘token’ women, and so…

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