Publications

Staff at the Wales Governance Centre produce a wide range of academic papers and reports, as well as authoring and contributing to academic texts. Below is just a selection of our recent publications:

Written Evidence to Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Draft Wales Bill

Written Evidence to Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Draft Wales Bill

February 2014

Following closely in this regard the recommendations of the first report of the Commission on Devolution in Wales (the Silk Commission), the Bill envisages that the devolution of shared responsibility over income tax rates should take place only after an affirmative vote in a referendum. As I have been one of only a relatively small group who has publicly dissented from this proposition, I shall use this note to seek to explain to Committee members why this view is mistaken.


Written Evidence to Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Draft Wales Bill

Written Evidence to Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Draft Wales Bill

January 2014

While the Draft Wales Bill (2013) covers many important matters, here I will concentrate on the proposed reform to National Assembly for Wales (NAW) elections regarding ‘dual candidacy’. I will address two areas: the substance of the proposed reform, and the process of reform.


England and its two unions: The Anatomy of a nation and its discontents

England and its two unions

July 2013

In January 2012, IPPR published The dog that finally barked: England as an emerging political community. In it we argued that an emerging English political identity may over time come to challenge the institutions and practices of the UK more profoundly than anything happening in the so-called Celtic fringe, even Scottish independence.
Here we return to Englishness and its political implications, analysing findings from a further survey – the Future of England survey 2012.


Y Blaid Ffasgaidd yng Nghymru: Plaid Cymru a'r Cyhuddiad o Ffasgaeth

Y Blaid Ffasgaidd yng Nghymru

July 2013

Ers degawdau clywyd cyhuddiadau cyson o du Cymry uchel eu parch fod cenedlaetholwyr Cymreig wedi cydymdeimlo a Ffasgaeth yn ystod dyddiau duon y 1930au a’r Ail Ryfel Byd – cyhuddiad a fyddai’n pardduo enw unrhyw elyn gwleidyddol. Yn y gyfrol arloesol hon, mae sylwebydd gwleidyddol amlycaf Cymru yn pwyso a mesur gwirionedd y cyhuddiadau. Yn ogystal a bwrw goleuni newydd ar agweddau Plaid Cymru a’i harweinwyr yn ystod y cyfnod hanesyddol dan sylw, mae’r llyfr yn cyflwyno trafodaeth heriol ar natur diwylliant gwleidyddol y Gymru gyfoes.


Wales Says Yes

Wales Says Yes

March 2012

Wales Says Yes provides the definitive account and analysis of the March 2011 Welsh referendum. Drawing on extensive historical research, the book explains the background to the referendum, why it was held, and what was at stake.


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From little acorns… The The fall and rise of devolution in the Wales Labour Party: 1979-1995

February 2012

On March 1 1979, just 12% of the Welsh electorate supported the establishment of an elected Welsh Assembly. The proposal of the Labour Government to create an all-Wales tier of Government was “tossed into a ditch of irrelevance”, in Gwyn Alf Williams’s phrase.

The defeat of the Labour Government’s proposals by a majority of 4 to 1 on St David’s day 1979 had far reaching consequences. The result “sealed the fate of the minority Labour Government”, according to Vernon Bogdanor. As a direct result of the defeat of the referenda in Wales and Scotland, the Nationalist parties withdrew their support for the Government. In the House of Commons on the 28th March 1979 the Labour Government was defeated on a motion of confidence by one vote, and a Government was brought down for only the second time this Century.


The dog that finally barked: England as an emerging political community

The dog that finally barked

January 2012

This report presents the findings of the Future of England (FoE) Survey which has been developed in partnership between Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre, Edinburgh University’s Institute for Governance and IPPR. The FoE represents one of the most comprehensive examinations of English attitudes to questions of identity, nationhood and governance to date – and the only major survey in this area conducted in England since both the formation of a coalition government at Westminster and the election of amajority SNP administration in Holyrood.


Equality and Public Policy: Exploring the Impact of Devolution in the UK (Gender Studies in Wales)

Equality and Public Policy

January 2011

Equality of opportunity is a contested concept. It evokes strong emotions from proponents and opponents alike. Enduring issues of inequality and discrimination mean that it remains at the forefront of political priorities in the twenty-first century. Traditional analyses tend to focus on developments at the level of the unitary state or European Union. In contrast, this book underlines the salience of multi-level governance and offers the first detailed comparative analysis of contemporary efforts to promote equality of opportunity in the wake of constitutional reform in the UK.


Europe, Regions and Regionalism

Europe, Regions and Regionalism

October 2010

The tide of ‘Europe of the Regions’ rhetoric that dominated much political discussion and thinking in the 1980s and 1990s has gradually ebbed. Governance in Europe today may be characterized as ‘multi-level’, but the nation state remains the dominant level for many purposes. Are Europe’s regions, and European regionalism, therefore of little – and diminishing – consequence? This book addresses this question by examining the experiences of regions and regionalism across western, central and eastern Europe.


Representing Europe's Citizens?

Representing Europe’s Citizens?

May 2007

The past 15 years have seen declining public support for European integration, and widespread suggestions that a legitimacy crisis faces the European Union (EU). Many in the EU have believed that this problem could be effectively tackled by vesting greater powers in the European Parliament (EP), the Union’s only directly-elected institution. The central argument of this book is that, while considerable efforts have been made to increase the status of the EP, it is in crucial respects a failure as a representative body.