Devolution and polity building in Wales

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:
Devolution and polity building in Wales

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This chapter presents a general overview of devolution in Wales, with a special emphasis on building a new institution from an actor-focused perspective. Venturing inside the National Assembly, it shows members' frustration with the operation of the institution. It charts the evolution of Welsh devolution away from ‘all-inclusive politics’ to polity building and explores the different ways in which the Assembly can make a difference in policy terms, discussing the relationships between the National Assembly and its semi-autonomous public bodies. It also examines the role of the civil service, the party system, and financial arrangements in post-devolution Wales. The chapter concludes with a comment on the improbability of an incoming UK Conservative government seeking to turn back the devolutionary tide.

Keywords: devolution; National Assembly; party system; UK Conservative government; civil service; polity building; Wales; Welsh devolution

Chapter.  10635 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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