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The Wales Governance Centre is a Cardiff University research centre undertaking innovative research into all aspects of the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well as the wider UK and, European contexts of territorial governance – particularly following the Brexit vote. We aim to facilitate and encourage informed public debate of key developments in Welsh governance not only through our research, but also through events and postgraduate teaching. The Centre is sponsored and supported by Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, while also collaborating with scholars from across the University. The WGC enjoys formal ties with both WISERD and the Institute of Welsh Affairs while also maintaining close cooperative relationships with colleagues in other institutions across Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Taxpayers in Wales are paying more money for fewer services, according to report

07 February 2019

Wales Governance Centre reveals cost of challenges faced by local authorities in wake of austerity Taxpayers in Wales are paying more money for fewer services as local authorities attempt to plug a funding gap of nearly £1bn, research reveals. The late

Wales imprisonment rate highest in Western Europe

16 January 2019

New Justice Report issued by the Wales Governance Centre   Wales has the highest imprisonment rate in Western Europe, according to research by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. ‘Sentencing and Immediate Custody in Wales: A Factfile’, p

‘Non-white offenders more likely to be jailed in Wales’, WGC research reveals

09 January 2019

During the Christmas break, the Western Mail published an article by Martin Shipton highlighting the latest findings from the Justice and Jurisdiction project being undertaken by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre. The deeply concerning findi

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