Meryl Kenny

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Dr
Meryl
Kenny
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Lecturer in Gender and Politics
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University of Edinburgh
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Meryl Kenny is Lecturer in Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. She joined the subject area of Politics and International Relations in August 2015, having held previous positions at the University of Leicester, the University of New South Wales and the University of Edinburgh. 

Meryl is an elected Trustee of the Political Studies Association (2015-18) and currently co-convenes the PSA Women and Politics Specialist Group (@PSAWomenPol on Twitter), which was awarded the inaugural PSA Specialist Group of the Year Prize in 2014.

She is also Co-Director of the Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN), based at Edinburgh, and an Associate Editor of Scottish Affairs. Additionally, Meryl co-convenes the Gender Politics Research Group, which hosts the genderpol blog  (@genderpol on Twitter).

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In the upcoming but overlooked local elections the issue of women's representation has once again been sidelined. Dr Meryl Kenny and Prof Fiona Mackay argue that this matter is too important to be left to parties and that it is time for legislation.    Since the announcement of an early general elec... Read more
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Meryl Kenny suggests that women in the top jobs would send a powerful message about who is fit to lead—and not just in times of crisis. A week is a long time in politics. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) has been, above all, a failure of political leadership—one that has left the coun... Read more
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Constitutional or legislative quotas are becoming an increasingly popular means of addressing the under-representation of women in elected assemblies but, says Meryl Kenny, they can be effective, so long as they have teeth.    Constitutions capture aspirations for the future, setting out broader pri... Read more
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The 2015 General Election is one of the most unpredictable electoral contests in British political history. Amidst all the post-election scenario discussions, though, lies one political certainty – the overwhelming majority of the MPs elected to the House of Commons on 7 May will be men. Five years... Read more
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Latest blogs

  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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