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100 1  Schumann, William Russell, III 
245 10 Producing democracy:  The construction of institutional 
       legitimacy in the National Assembly for Wales 
300    359 p 
500    Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 66-
       05, Section: A, page: 1837 
500    Chair:  Michael Heckenberger 
502    Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2005 
520    This dissertation ethnographically examines the processes 
       by which democratic legitimacy is constructed and the 
       boundaries of sovereignty are negotiated in the National 
       Assembly for Wales, an elected body of 60 members 
       operating within the political and administrative 
       hierarchies of the United Kingdom and European Union, and 
       which represents a nation of nearly three million 
       citizens. Based on multi-sited fieldwork conducted in 
       Wales, England, and Belgium, it is observed that political
       legitimacy, i.e., the socially sanctioned domination of 
       society by state institutions, is reproduced at the 
       interface of changing epistemologies of governance in 
       Europe and the ideological engagements of political 
       parties seeking to realize contesting visions of Welsh 
       nationhood. Bringing the work of Weber, Habermas, and 
       Derrida into conversation, a critical discourse analysis 
       methodology is utilized to understand the internal policy 
       process of the National Assembly and how it is connected 
       to Welsh society and the political cultures of London and 
       Brussels. It is argued that the devolution of political 
       authority to the National Assembly institutionally 
       rationalizes and legitimates ethnic difference within 
       existing parameters of state and supranational power, 
       which is not equivalent to empowerment, but nonetheless 
       creates productive possibilities for the development of a 
       form of Welsh nationhood. The ambiguities of the 
       legitimation process are examined in the contexts of (a) 
       the epistemological and ideological parameters of the 
       general policy process in Wales, (b) the discursive 
       strategies of legitimation utilized in plenary debates of 
       the Assembly, and (c) two specific Assembly policies: 
       Genetically Modified Organisms and Open Government. 
       Analyzing the nation building strategies of the National 
       Assembly in these contexts brings this dissertation into 
       conversation with anthropological research concerned with 
       understanding how institutional processes typically 
       assigned to nation-states are being carried out elsewhere 
       and in ways that are often contradictory to the state 
590    School code: 0070 
590    DDC 
650  4 Anthropology, Cultural 
650  4 Political Science, General 
690    0326 
690    0615 
710 20 University of Florida 
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