Are Statutory Commissioners an effective means championing the interests of civil society?
This studentship will critically explore the role of the new commissioners and their efficacy as a nexus between civil society and government.
One of the effects of ‘devolution’ in the UK has been national governments in Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland – legislating to create new (territorial) Commissioners Offices. Examples from Wales include: the Future Generations Commissioner and The Older People’s Commissioner. Funded by the tax payer, their general remit is to ensure that normative principles (sustainability, generativity, children’s rights, older people’s rights, language rights, equality of opportunity, etc.) are adhered to in the processes of governance – including public service provision.
A further, related key aspect of their work – one that will form the basis of this studentship – is their representational role. Inter alia, they are required to ‘champion’ the interests of their constituencies (children, older people etc.). In doing this they seek listen to civil society and make representations to government based on this engagement in order to influence policy-making and public administration.
Applications are sought from candidates with a good upper-second class and first class degree and Masters in a social science discipline.