Title
Social movement organizations and changing state architectures : comparing women's movement organizing in Flanders and ScotlandSocial movement organizations and changing state architectures : comparing women's movement organizing in Flanders and Scotland
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Research group
Citizenship, Equality & Diversity (CED)
Publication type
article
Publication
Subject
Politics
Law
Source (journal)
Publius: the journal of federalism
Volume/pages
43(2013):1, p. 44-67
ISSN
0048-5950
ISI
000312642900007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article analyzes the impact of restructuring processes on the organizational structure and lobbying strategies of womens movement organizations (WMOs) in Belgium (Flanders) and the UK (Scotland).We argue that devolution/federalization and the resultant creation of new, intermediary levels of governance offers a devolution/federalism advantage to WMOs. Multilevel governance multiplies access points, allowing for accumulation of funds, limited forms of venue shopping, and avoidance of veto players. Nevertheless, a set of push and pull factors draws WMOs towards the regional level thereby abandoning the center. These changes are driven by centrifugal dynamics that characterize the processes of devolution and federalization in these cases. In the long run, these may erase the devolution/federalism advantage, and also pose questions about state-wide womens citizenship and gender solidarity.
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