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The European Union and regional gender equality agendas: Wales in the shadow of Brexit

Minto, Rachel ORCID: and Parken, Alison 2021. The European Union and regional gender equality agendas: Wales in the shadow of Brexit. Regional Studies 55 (9) , pp. 1550-1560. 10.1080/00343404.2020.1826422

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This article explores what the UK’s European Union membership has meant for the development of a distinctive, substate equalities agenda in Wales. An analysis of interview data through the lens of feminist institutionalism reveals European Union membership as integral to the emergence of Wales’ approach to gender equality, with Welsh equality advocates using access to European Union norms and funding to establish and legitimize more progressive institutions to advance equality, overcoming domestic resistance and gatekeeping. In turn, research exposes structural risks for Wales’ equalities agenda post-Brexit. Recent equality-related activity in Wales partially mitigates against post-Brexit risks, although vulnerabilities remain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Cardiff Law & Politics
Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0034-3404
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 September 2020
Date of Acceptance: 1 September 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:01

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