Gendering Constitutional Change in Northern Ireland: Participation, Processes and Power

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Abstract

Constitutions reflect national values and set out the foundational principles of governance. Traditionally, those values and principles have been male defined. As such, constitutions often form the basis of the ‘gendered state’ with all its attendant inequities. Feminist constitutionalism challenges the wider domain of constitution-making to consider questions relating to gender inequality in constitutional debate, design and redesign. Through a case study approach, this article utilises a feminist lens to examine on-going constitutional debates in Northern Ireland that have been deepened by Brexit. Any new constitutional arrangements on the island of Ireland will drive multiple transformations in social, legal and economic life that will impact on the lives of women. Subsequently, this article explores the gender dynamics of current debates to contribute to the broader feminist literature on constitutional transitions in deeply divided societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPolitical Studies
Early online date10 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Sep 2022

Keywords

  • Irish unity
  • Gender inclusion
  • Participatory democracy
  • Feminist Constitutionalism

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