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Date: 2017-09-13
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Subject: Call for Papers - A Handbook on Federalism, Diversity and Gender


A Handbook on Federalism, Diversity and Gender



 Jill Vickers - Cheryl Collier - Joan Grace


The role and influence of federal institutional arrangements in shaping government and policy outcomes is now well-documented.  Scholars have analysed how federal institutions are  expressions of diversity and  a set of institutional responses to manage and accommodate diversity, albeit rarely to accommodate gender. An emerging but to date understudied area, is how federal arrangements influence and structure gender regimes; and how they in turn are affected by organized women mobilizing to be included and to achieve political agency and full citizenship. 


You are invited to contribute to this new Handbook.  It will employ diverse, critical  approaches to study gender/ federalism interactions and to explore  the initiatives of women and diverse minorities to gain equality and increase their participation and representation, as well as their collective ability to hold governments accountable. The Handbook is intended to increase our knowledge of gender, diversity and federalism and to gender our understanding of federalism both as a philosophy of governance and as a way of organizing  state institutions.


Papers should build on existing federalism research that situates gender and diversity as key analytical variables and shows how federal systems structure and shape policy-making as well as changing and/or reinforcing gender regimes.  But we also invite contributions in which authors open up new areas of research.


A unique feature of the Handbook will be a section about gender regimes in federations undertaken by scholars from federations in Africa, Asia, Russia and Latin America and/or by scholars who study these federations.  These papers will provide fresh insights, new analyses, and the basis for  new comparative frameworks. We also invite scholars focusing on new approaches to ‘federalization’, such as autonomous arrangements for minority territories such as Hong Kong or Chiapas.


Drawing on many existing cases, the Handbook will explore:

• How federal arrangements interact with the citizenship and political agency of women and diverse groups such as race, indigeneity, and sex minorities.

• How embedded and institutionalized relations of power among governments parties and civil society actors limit or expand space for women’s policy advocacy.

• Identify processes, institutions, actors and ideas involved in systems of negotiation and intergovernmental relations that form part of informal relations of ower in country-specific sex/gender regimes;

• How federal systems facilitate local responses and local scale politics detract or encourages governments to produce ‘women-friendly’ policy outcomes;

 • How women’s participation and policy advocacy may disrupt or realign existing gender regimes in federal systems;

• How the mobilization of organized women and other diverse outsider groups ffect federal arrangements e.g. by challenging divisions of powers, demanding electoral quotas and the inclusion of equality- promoting constitutional principles.


The ‘diversity’ in the title invites authors to use intersectional approaches i.e. include the perspectives of Indigenous, race and sex/gender minorities in relation to women/ gender.




Dr. Jill Vickers, FRSC, Distinguished Research Professor & Emeritus Chancellor’s Professor in Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa.



Dr. Cheryl Collier, Associate Professor and Department Head, Political Science Department, University of Windsor, Windsor.



Dr. Joan Grace, Professor of Political Science, University of Winnipeg. 




Conference Panels

The panels to workshop papers will  provide feedback on early drafts.


Sept. to Nov. 2017: there will be three Calls for Panels at IPSA, CPSA and APSA


Sept. 21 - Deadline for submission of panels for IPSA at Brisbane Australia, July 21-26, 2018.


Oct. 10 - Final deadline for submitting proposals to individual accounts for  IPSA. (See Call for Papers in this newsletter)


November 3 - Deadline to submit proposals for panels at the CPSA Conference, June 2018, Regina. See Call for Papers on POLCAN2 in September.


November 2017 - Deadline to submit proposals for panels at APSA, Labor Day weekend 2018.


Schedule for the Submission, Revision and Publication for the Handbook
Oct. 31  2018  - First draft of chapters due
Nov.- Dec. 2018 - Peer review of chapters
Dec. 20 2018 - Feedback  from peer review and editors returned to authors.
Dec. 20 2018 – March 31 2019 - Revisions

Jan./Feb.,  2019 - Editors write the Introduction
March 2019  - Final drafts of chapters due.
April-May 2019 - Editors write the Conclusion and finalize the collection
June  2019  - Editors submit entire manuscript to Edward Elgar
July - Oct 2019 - Production, copy editing, authors’ and editors’ proofreading
Nov. 2019  - Handbook published




Handbook Sections and Suggested Themes


1. Normative Issues: e.g.‘ Feminism versus Federalism’,  ‘Gender Equality and Religious Rights in Federations’,  ‘Legal Pluralism and Localism,’ ‘Must Federations be Democratic to Promote Gender Equality?


2. Theory, History & Methodology: ‘Feminist institutionalism’, Formal versus Informal Institutions’, ‘Intersectional Approaches’,‘ Beyond the Westphalian State to Treaty Federalism’ , The Impact of State Feminism, Race and Poverty in Federations.’


3. Gender & Diversity in Policy Making in Federations: ‘ Comparing the Politics of Childcare in Federal and Unitary Democracies’, ‘Do Federal States Defend Women’s Security as Well as Unitary States?’,  ‘How Effectively Do Regional Governments Defend Reproductive Rights?’,  ‘Is Federalism  an Obstacle or an Aid in Protecting  Women’s Health?; ‘ State Feminism and  Implementing Reproductive Health Policies ’, ‘Gendering Global Governance’, ‘How Has the Devolution of Power Affected Gender Politics in the UK?’


4. Gender, Diversity, Political Participation and Representation in Federal Democracies-‘How Federalizing Institutions in Former Unitary States Affects Women’s Movements’, ‘How Quotas and State Feminism in Regional Governments Affect Gender Politics’, ‘  ‘Reproductive Rights and Regional States;  ‘Interactions Between Formal and Informal  Institutions in Legalizing  Same-Sex Marriage’  


5. Gender and Diversity in Federations in the Global South: ‘ How Legal Pluralism Affects Gender Equality,’ ‘”Bring Back Our Girls” : How Federalism Affects the Security of Women and Girls’ , ‘The Gendered Politics of Developing Federations’,    ‘Women’s Regional Policy Agencies and Gender Equality in Developing Federations’, ‘How Devolving Power Affects Women’s Political Participation and Representation’ , ‘Women’s Bodily Integrity in Federations with Authoritarian Enclaves’, ‘Women’s Rights in Muslim-Majority federations and Federations with Muslim-Majority Regional Constituent Units’.


Process for Submitting Texts


Please contact Jill Vickers to communicate your interest in submitting a text for the Handbook with a title, a brief description of your proposed topic and a brief cv; or submit a title (no more than 25 words) and an abstract ( up to 350 words)  for one of the panels being organizing for the IPSA,  CPSA or  APSA meetings to be held in the summer of 2018.


The text submitted  for the handbook should not exceed 7,000 words with paginated, double-spaced 12 point font (Times New Roman suggested) with 1 inch margins, and  including all notes, figures and references. When we know how many chapters are available for the Handbook, you may be will be informed of any additional words you may be allowed.


Feel free to contact any of the three co-editors with any questions about the project, but please submit manuscripts to the corresponding editor. You should receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt within a few days. If you don’t hear within a week, please send a follow-up inquiry.


E-mail Submissions: send to profjmvickers@gmail.com   (Corresponding editor)


Subject Line: Author (s) name(s) – Text for Handbook on Federalism, Diversity and Gender.  Please send your text as a word document (doc or docx), but if it includes figures or tables, send a separate additional pdf version.   Include a separate cover page describing  the author(s)’  affiliations in no more than 125 words with contact information (e-mail, postal address, telephone number).  Send  postal communications to Jill Vickers, 43 Adelaide Street, Ottawa, K1S  3R9.


For an article with more than one author, provide contact information for all authors but designate one as the corresponding author to correspond with the corresponding editors.  If your contact information changes please send updated information promptly to the corresponding editor. 


Please don’t submit a text previously published in the same or a substantially similar form;  nor should authors simultaneously submit text or a substantially similar text  to a journal or for another handbook . However, English versions of texts published in another language may be considered for re-publication; as may texts that have been substantially updated. To have such texts considered, please provide full information about its previous publication.  Authors will  need to seek permission  from the original publishers for republication to occur.






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