A new book offering the first authoritative account of Wales’ journey to full-law making powers will be officially revealed on St David’s Day (Thursday 1st March, 2012).
Director of the University’s Wales Governance Centre (WGC), Professor Richard Wyn Jones and its newest member, leading political analyst Professor Roger Scully, are joint authors of Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum.
The book offers an in-depth analysis of the events prior, during and after the 2011 Welsh referendum on law-making powers and the subsequent formation of a historic new political system in Wales.
Leighton Andrews AM, Minister for Education and Skills and a leading figure in the 2011 referendum campaign said: "Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully have put the analysis of Welsh politics on the map of the global economy.
"In their latest work, they trace the tortuous contours of the road to full law-making powers in the 2011 referendum. Their argument will provoke debate and discussion in Wales and beyond. It is a very readable, comprehensive and well-informed account of development in the unstoppable dynamic of devolution."
The book will be officially launched at an event at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay hosted by the Chair of the Yes Campaign, Roger Lewis and Head of the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, Professor David Boucher.
Professor Charlie Jeffrey, Head of Politics and International Relations, Edinburgh University added: "This is no simple narrative of Welsh politics; it is outstanding political science which produces rich insight into contemporary Wales precisely because it mobilises as well the best global thinking in political science about nationalism, party competition, direct democracy and voting behaviour.
"For that reason Wyn Jones and Scully’s book will stand, alongside Rick Rawlings’ Delineating Wales as a definitive account of the formation of a new political system in Wales."
The WGC is a key research centre at Cardiff undertaking research into all aspects of the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well the wider UK and European contexts of territorial governance.
The Centre is sponsored and supported by Cardiff Law School and the School of European Languages, Translation and Politics, while collaborating with academics from across the University.
The WGC enjoys formal ties with the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD) and Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) while maintaining close cooperative relationships with colleagues in other institutions across Wales, UK, Europe and beyond.
Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum is published by University of Wales Press.
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