Nation building : implementing devolution in the United Kingdom— the Welsh experience

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Title: Nation building : implementing devolution in the United Kingdom— the Welsh experience
Authors: Osmond, John
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Date: 2002
Abstract: The Welsh experience of devolution can best be summarised by contrasting it with the Scottish. Where Scotland had an established array of civic institutions, the National Assembly of Wales found itself in the position of having to construct an institutional reality. The Assembly faced a number of constraints: its powers were limited to those previously held by the Secretary of State for Wales, and it was established as a corporate body. However, it soon became clear that the view of the Assembly as a continuation from previous administrations was unsustainable. This paper discusses the role of a number of key characters and agencies in redefining the nature of the National Assembly. In addition to the development of a strong central authority the author tracks the related emergence of a new civic culture in Wales. The paper concludes by examining the broader impact of the Welsh experience of devolution on territorial politics within the British Isles, and Welsh engagement with a network of European regions.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Institute for British-Irish Studies
Series/Report no.: IBIS Working Papers; 23
Copyright (published version): The author, 2002
Keywords: WalesWelshDevolutionScotland
Subject LCSH: Wales--Politics and government
Scotland--Politics and government
Decentralization in government
Wales. National Assembly
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: Paper presented to the IBIS conference, Renovation or revolution? new territorial politics in Ireland and the United Kingdom, University College Dublin, 3 April 2002.
Appears in Collections:Institute for British-Irish Studies (IBIS) Working Papers and Policy Papers

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