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Wales and Brittany: history, politics, society

Alistair Cole

in Beyond Devolution and Decentralisation

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780719070921
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701362 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070921.003.0003
Wales and Brittany: history, politics, society

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This chapter introduces the regions of Wales and Brittany in more detail, focusing in turn on their historical and political development, and their party systems. From a political-science perspective, devolution, decentralisation, and other forms of regional political capacity building provide a laboratory for comparative analysis. While firmly rooted in comparative methodology, this comparison of Wales and Brittany goes beyond the preoccupations of traditional comparison. Variables include the operation of, and popular support for, regional political institutions in Wales and Brittany; the role of dual and multiple identities in underpinning moves to regional autonomy; regional public policies and the operation of policy communities; and the weight of the external environment.

Keywords: regional political institutions; party systems; political science; political capacity building; Wales; Brittany; devolution; decentralisation; regional autonomy

Chapter.  9244 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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