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The Land of Wishful Thinking?

Posted on 19 November 2013 by Professor Roger Awan-Scully

Though this site is entitled Elections in Wales, I’ve mentioned before that we’ll make occasional excursions into my other main academic interest, public attitudes to devolution. After all, how the devolution settlement in Wales is perceived by people may well influence how they vote, and what they see elections in Wales (particularly devolved elections) as
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The History of One-Party Dominance in Wales, Part 3. 1999-2011: Hegemony Under Challenge?

Posted on 15 October 2013 by Professor Roger Awan-Scully

‘A predominant party can cease, at any moment, to be predominant’ (Giovanni Sartori). The political party system in Wales in 1997 already differed substantially from that in England. In Wales there were four significant, established parties, compared to only three in England. And there were much more long-standing differences in the patterns of party politics
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The History of One-Party Dominance in Wales, Part 2: Labour Hegemony

Posted on 9 October 2013 by Professor Roger Awan-Scully

This is the second of three Blog Posts looking at the long history of one-party dominance in Welsh elections. In one respect, party politics in Wales in the years after 1945 proved wholly consistent with the previous sixty years. Conservative weakness persisted. Although, across Britain as a whole, the Conservative party enjoyed periods of considerable
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The History of One-Party Dominance in Wales, Part 1: the Rise and Fall of the Liberals

Posted on 2 October 2013 by Professor Roger Awan-Scully

This is the first of three posts on the history of electoral politics in Wales, which focus on the lop-sided nature democracy has tended to take here. Vaguely modern political parties in Britain emerged in the latter half of the nineteenth century. As elsewhere, in Britain the development of parties was inextricably linked to mass
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