Long Reads

Divided Wales

Posted on 23 September 2019 by Professor Richard Wyn Jones

Welsh electoral politics in the democratic era has been defined by ‘one-partyism’. Labour has dominated Welsh elections for a century, following on from an earlier period of Liberal hegemony. In international comparative terms the grip of one-partyism makes Wales a very, very unusual case. Indeed, it’s hard to think of anywhere that is analogous. From
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The inside story of Brexit

Posted on 11 September 2019 by Richard Martin

The tenure of Cardiff University alumnus Sir Craig Oliver as Director of Communications for UK Prime Minister David Cameron was an eventful one. Not only did he play a key role in coordinating the first UK coalition government since World War 2, but he was also instrumental in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and the
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And we’re off… we think?

Posted on 10 September 2019 by Professor Laura McAllister

This is the first in a series of short blogs/think pieces (call them what you will) on a forthcoming General Election from the Wales Governance Centre. As academics and keen politics-watchers, we’ll be offering our thoughts and analysis on events as they unfold. A couple of disclaimers first: the truth is, whatever anyone tells you,
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The challenge to Westminster

Posted on 20 May 2019 by Glyndwr Cennydd Jones

In September 2017, the booklet Towards Federalism and Beyond was launched by Lord David Owen, Gwynoro Jones, Lord Elystan Morgan and me. In February 2018, we followed up with a pamphlet titled Brexit, Devolution and the Changing Union 2018. On the 20th anniversary of establishing the National Assembly of Wales, this article explores the need
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Wales in Europe post-Brexit

Posted on 8 May 2019 by Dr Rachel Minto

In this post Dr Rachel Minto and Prof Kevin Morgan consider Wales’ future in Europe post-Brexit. Brexit has forced Wales to re-imagine its European future.  Wales’ European presence and profile have been shaped by its distinctive relationship with the European Union (EU).[i]  This will continue to be the case whatever version of Brexit wins the day.
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