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New Governance - New Democracy? Post-devolution Wales by Paul Chaney

New Governance - New Democracy? Post-devolution Wales


New Governance - New Democracy? Post-devolution Wales by Paul Chaney

The creation of the National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Parliament has altered the democratic landscape of the UK. In assuming many policy and adminstraitve responsiblities previously held by the central government, the Welsh assembly promises innovation in governance and there are high expectations that devolution will bring about significant changes in Welsh life. New Governance - New Democracy? questions whether these expectations are likely to be fulfiled. Drawing on interviews with many of the people who have influenced the devolution experiment, from poltitions to ordinary citizens, this book offers interdisciplinary discussion and analysis of issues ranging from electorial turnout, participation and legitimacy to the involvement of marginalized groups in the process of government. It also examines the developing relationship between the new Welsh legislature and the voluntary sector, the governance of economic development and the regulation and political control of public agencies in Wales.


'This is an important book, and an important series, and represents a worthy contribution to our understanding of how devolution is unfolding. Each of the studies has adopted a rigorous methodological approach, and the analyses are strengthened by being theoretically-grounded ... it offers lessons for scholars of devolution elsewhere in the UK'. (Scottish Affairs) '...this is an interesting and well written text which should be read by all those interested in how devolved structures are seeking to interact with the societies that they have set up to serve.'
Political Studies

About the Author

Dr Paul Chaney is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Cardiff University. He has published widely on territorial politics, social policy and, equality and human rights. Dr Tom Hall is Head of School at Cardiff University. Andrew Pithouse is Professor of Social Work Studies at Cardiff University.

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Publication date

19th July 2001


Paul Chaney

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University of Wales Press


240 pages


Constitution: government & the state



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