The Audacity of Nope: Meaningful fiscal accountability remains a pipe dream for Wales

Welsh Labour has hitherto refused to accept income tax devolution, arguing accepting such responsibilities would be economically detrimental to Wales without a reform of the Barnett funding formula. Recent comments made by Owen Smith, Shadow Secretary of Wales, however, leaves little doubt about the overall attitude of Welsh Labour to the first report of the Silk Commission and fiscal accountability: they don’t want […]

National identity and party affiliation are set to play a key role in the Scottish referendum, whose result is more uncertain than opinion polls suggest

‘DevoMax’ will not be an option on the ballot paper in the Scottish Independence Referendum next year even though it is more popular among the electorate than independence. Arno van der Zwet and Craig McAngus explore how Scottish attitudes to the two options vary according to national and party identity. They find that perceptions of national identity polarises assessments of […]

Much ado about nothing: Fiscal accountability in Wales and the Silk Commission

Last Friday, the government held a press conference responding to the Silk Commission’s recommendations for devolution in Wales. When one strips back the political drama of the unexpected announcement and the rhetoric of goodwill and support for fiscal accountability expressed by the UK government, it is difficult to find much evidence of a significant move to Welsh fiscal accountability, writes […]

November 6th, 2013|Adam Evans|0 Comments|

The Commission on Devolution in Wales: Considering what, if any, the next steps in Wales’ journey of devolution should be

In 2010 the coalition government established the Commission on Devolution in Wales, tasked with considering Wales’ constitutional arrangements. Paul Silk, Chair of the Commission, describes its recommendation for a degree of self-financing for the National Assembly. In the second part of their work, due out in Spring of 2014, the Commission is examining the powers of the Assembly more generally, with a view […]

Welsh incremental devolution: History repeats itself, first as tragedy then as tax?

The possibility of significant tax devolution to the Welsh National Assembly appears to be an increasingly remote prospect. Adam Evans argues that Financial Competence Orders, a system for devolving taxation, should become the focus for Welsh devolutionists. If time flies by when you’re having fun, the Wales Office must be in an almost catatonic state of puritanical despondency since the publication of the first […]

August 16th, 2013|Adam Evans|1 Comment|

Welsh devolution: Bringing decision-making closer to the people in a way that recognises the realities of the modern world

Wayne David MP argues for extending Welsh devolution. This would strengthen the UK rather than weakening it by bringing decision-making closer to the people and ensuring that there are flexible structures of government in place which reflect people’s sense of identity. Until recently, the United Kingdom has been one of the most centralised states in the industrial world. Under the last […]

The challenge for Plaid Cymru’s leadership will be to harness the energy of their membership

After disappointing results in the 2011 Welsh Election, Plaid Cymru launched an internal review to reflect on their current situation and shape future strategy. Craig McAngus offers an analysis of the resulting report, Moving Forward, as well as its implications for the internal politics of the party and the Welsh political scene more broadly.  Plaid Cymru entered government for the first time in 2007, forming […]

Book Review: Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives: Banal Activism, Electioneering and the Politics of Irrelevance

Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives is a unique ethnographic study of devolution and Scottish politics, exploring how Conservative Party activists who had opposed devolution and the movement for a Scottish Parliament during the 1990s attempted to mobilise politically following their annihilation at the 1997 General Election. Its central argument is that, having asserted that the difficulties they faced constituted problems of knowledge, […]

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