WISERD Co-Director
Cardiff University


Paul Chaney is a co-director of WISERD and Professor of Policy and Politics at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He has been a member of a number of Government advisory bodies - including the UK government Steering Group on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

He was a panel member/ special adviser to the RAE (2008) and REF (2010-11). He was on the Management Board of Policy and Politics (Policy Press) and co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Wales: An Annual Review of Social, Political and Economic Research (2003-2014). He has authored/ contributed to ten books and written over sixty papers in leading peer-reviewed journals. His research and teaching interests include: territorial politics, public policy-making, civil society, and equality and human rights.

Trust-transparency paradoxes: proceedings of an international conference
This short publication presents the main proceedings of an international conference held at Sciences Po Lyon, France, on 4 May 2018. The symposium pulled together several research initiatives around the central theme of trust–transparency paradoxes. Trust (and its corollary...
Civil society, human rights and religious freedom in the People’s Republic of China: analysis of CSOs’ Universal Periodic Review discourse
This article in the International Journal of Human Rights examines religious freedom in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) using critical frame analysis of state and civil society organisations’ (CSOs) policy discourse associated with the United Nations (UN) Universal...
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Governance transitions' and minority nationalist parties' pressure for welfare state change: Evidence from Welsh and Scottish elections - And the UK's 'Brexit' referendum
This study is concerned with welfare state development and the intersection between the twin global phenomena of sub-state nationalism and ‘governance transitions’. Specifically, how minority nationalist parties (MNPs) use discourse to exert pressure for welfare change....
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Comparative analysis of state and civil society discourse on the implementation of the United Nations' convention on the rights of the child in North Africa
In the face of continuing children’s rights abuses across North Africa, the need for governments to engage non-state actors in human rights implementation is explicit in the United Nations’ convention on the rights of the child (UNCRC). Hitherto, this has largely escaped...
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Mind the gap? Civil society policy engagement and the pursuit of gender justice: critical discourse analysis of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in Africa 2003-2015
This article presents critical discourse analysis of state and civil society organisations’ efforts to implement the gender mainstreaming goals set out in the United Nations’ Beijing Declaration. It is argued that the latter represents a generational opportunity to apply a...
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Participatory governance or deliberative disjuncture? Exploring the state-civil society policy nexus in the gender mainstreaming programmes of seven Middle Eastern states 2005-2015
To better understand why Middle Eastern states continue to languish at the bottom of world rankings on gender equality, this study presents critical discourse analysis of state and civil society organizations’ implementation of the Participative Democratic Model of gender...
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Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming: Empirical Evidence and Theory-Building from Twelve Post-Conflict Countries 2005-15
Using critical discourse analysis, this twelve-country study addresses a key lacuna by examining civil society perspectives on the implementation of the Participative Democratic Model (PDM) of gender mainstreaming in post-conflict states. The findings reveal specific data,...
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Comparative Analysis of State and Civil Society Discourse on Human Rights Implementation and the Position of Roma in the Former Yugoslav Space
This study analyses the position of Roma people in the former Yugoslavia using state and civil society discourse on human rights implementation. It reveals that states are failing to give sufficient prioritisation to tackling longstanding discrimination and oppression....
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Civil Society Organizations' Experiences of Participative Environmental Mainstreaming: A Political Systems Perspective of a Regional European Polity
This paper addresses a lacuna in the literature on environmental policy integration by exploring civil society organizations' (CSOs) experiences of participative environmental mainstreaming – a policy imperative to embed environmental concerns in all aspects of policy-making...
Civil Society Seminar
Big ideas from a small nation
6th March 2018 |
Due to the threat of industrial action by the University and College Union (UCU) on this date we have decided to cancel this event. An evening of debate and networking as part of Wales Week in London
Civil Society and Democratization in India
20th October 2016 |
Part of the 2016 Civil Society Seminar Series, this seminar examines how Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), as part of civil society, contribute towards democratization in India and what conditions facilitate or inhibit their contribution.