Understanding devolution in Wales
Understanding devolution in Wales

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Understanding devolution in Wales

Further reading

ESRC Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (2014) ‘Who identifies as Welsh? National identities and ethnicity in Wales’, The University of Manchester [Online]. Available at http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/ institutes/ code/ briefings/ dynamicsofdiversity/ code-census-briefing-national-identity-wales.pdf [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Accessed 25 May 2021).
Evans, F. (2019) ‘The Changing Face of Wales: How Welsh do you feel?’, BBC News [Online]. Available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/ news/ uk-wales-47475486 (Accessed 25 May 2021).
Lewis, H. (2019) ‘Why Nationalists Fail’, The Atlantic [Online]. Available at https://www.theatlantic.com/ international/ archive/ 2019/ 12/ uk-election-wales-scotland-independence/ 603283/ (Accessed 25 May 2021).
Williams, S. (2018) ‘Politicising national identity: Welsh parties conflate ‘Welshness’ with their own political ideology’, LSE [Online]. Available at https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/ politicsandpolicy/ politicising-national-identity-in-wales/ (Accessed 25 May 2021).
Want to find out more about devolution in Wales? There are two leading think-tanks in Wales working in this area:
The Institute of Welsh Affairs has an extensive archive containing lectures, book reviews and blogs containing information and commentary on the entire progress of the devolution process in Wales, and much other material relating to the Welsh economic and social context. The Institute’s Director from 1996 to 2013 was John Osmond, himself an influential figure in the campaign for Welsh devolution, and author of numerous books and articles on its progress.
The Bevan Foundation is an organisation concerned with issues of inequality, poverty and exclusion, and social justice in Wales. It produces substantial reports which can be freely downloaded from its website. Recent examples include a study of the future of the voluntary sector in Wales, and the second in a series of essays on the Welsh Senedd, examining the changing role of Assembly committees.
There are also two principal academic institutions carrying out work on Wales, much of which is publicly accessible:
The Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University, carries out research into the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well as into the wider UK and European contexts of territorial governance. As well as producing academic books and papers its website provides information and material relating to lectures, public meetings and events held by the Centre.
The Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data funded since 2008 by the Economic and Social Research Council UK to carry out social science research and training relevant to Wales. It is a collaboration between five Welsh universities; many publications and reports by its members and associates can be accessed via the website.
The House of Commons Library and the Senedd Research Service both host a wealth of high-quality information and briefing on many aspects of devolution.

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