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A "new politics" of participation?
Meehan, Elizabeth M.; Mackay, Fiona
Paper presented at the conference, “The Impact of Devolution on Everyday Life: 1999-2009”, Newman House, Dublin, 6 February 2009 This paper outlines developments in participatory politics in Northern Ireland and draws some comparisons with Scotland. The section on Northern Ireland covers traditions of civic activism which led to efforts to ensure that women activists and the voluntary and community sectors in general would be able to shape the “normalization” of politics and to continue to contribute in the new polity. In particular, it examines the fate of the Civic Forum and the role of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act as a form of inclusive policy-making. In making some comparisons with Scotland, the paper looks at similarities and differences in contexts, procedures/ institutions and impacts. In conclusion it identifies issues and questions that need to be addressed for there truly to be a “new politics” of participation. The paper suggests that, while high expectations in Scotland for “new politics” have been somewhat disappointed, there is evidence of some change but that the situation may be less promising in Northern Ireland. Not applicable Economic and Social Research Council ti,ke,sp.kpw23/7/10
Keyword(s): Northern Ireland; Scotland; Activism; Politics; Political participation--Northern Ireland; Political participation--Scotland
Publication Date:
Type: Working paper
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
File Format(s): other; application/pdf
First Indexed: 2012-08-25 05:20:13 Last Updated: 2018-10-11 15:38:43