Following the establishment of a national legislature in Wales in 1999 the third sector has entered into a pioneering cross-sectoral partnership with the Welsh government. This paper presents the results of a research project that has studied the new structures of devolved governance through the expectations and participation of voluntary organizations representing three marginalized or “minority” groupings: women, disabled people, and those from an ethnic minority background. The findings reveal that despite varying levels of expectation expressed by “minority” voluntary groups, active engagement of minority groups in policy making has been a feature of the Assembly's first months. Nevertheless, formidable challenges face both sectoral “partners” in the new system of governance, not least in creating organizational structures that facilitate partnership working in the devolved polity.
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Chaney, P., Fevre, R. Inclusive Governance and “Minority” Groups: The Role of the Third Sector in Wales. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 12, 131–156 (2001). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1011286602556