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Understanding devolution in Wales

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This free course charts the transformation of the Welsh devolution settlement in the 20 years following the referendum on devolution in 1997. You will consider how an Assembly with minimal public support and limited law-making powers became a Parliament with the power to set taxes. You will explore some of the biggest challenges facing politics in Wales today, from debates over the size of the Senedd and lack of scrutiny to questions of funding fairness and judicial independence.

Using video, audio and interactive elements, this course brings the debates dominating Welsh politics to life.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand why power was devolved to Wales
  • describe how the devolution settlement evolved significantly between 1999 and 2020
  • identify the issues currently facing the devolution settlement in Wales
  • understand how issues of identity are linked to devolution.

First Published: 16/02/2021

Updated: 22/06/2022

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