New evidence made public today by the Wales Governance Centre shows that Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board will not know the full impact of the Wrexham ‘super prison’ on their work until May 2015, this despite an imminent decision on whether to grant full planning for the prison due on Monday 3 November 2014. This […]

Fifteen years since the first meeting of the National Assembly for Wales, experts in the field of politics will gather in the Pierhead Building in Cardiff Bay today (17 October 2014) to discuss the National Assembly as a legislature. The conference, which is being organised by the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, will look […]

Let me cut to the chase. Folks, it’s not all about Scotland. This is first and foremost an analytical point. The various debates taking place about the UK’s territorial constitution have their own internal dynamics that are certainly not reducible to “reacting to Scotland”. To understand what impact the Independence Referendum has had in England […]

As the unseasonal mild weather comes to an end as we head into October, many a constitutional anorak should have by now recovered from the excitement of the referendum in Scotland. But as the nights draw in and the temperature starts to drop, there is plenty for the constitutional anorak to squirrel away and snack […]

At the Conservative party conference in Birmingham this weekend, Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb MP has announced one of the most widely-trailed decisions of the Welsh political summer.  The controversial income tax lockstep, which would have required any changes to Welsh marginal tax rates to apply equally to all rates, is to be […]

Professor Richard Wyn Jones was interviewed on HRT (Croatian TV) The last few weeks has been dominated by speculation about the outcome of the Scottish referendum on independence, culminating in a historic “no” vote on Friday 19th September. Regardless of the result, the referendum has raised a number of significant questions about governance in the […]

In a previous article on this site before the Scottish referendum, I suggested that the Welsh Government’s ability to act on their rhetoric around policy aspiration was stifled by the current devolution settlement. I questioned whether, whatever the result of the referendum, the conversation around independence would address the asymmetric nature of devolution meaning more […]

The influential constitutional thinktank, The UK’s Changing Union project, has today (Friday 19 September 2014) called for a new constitutional settlement for the United Kingdom in light of the NO vote in the Scottish independence referendum. In an open letter to the leaders of the UK Government and the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and […]