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Governing Wales – hidden wiring and emerging cultural practice

Andrews, Leighton ORCID: 2018. Governing Wales – hidden wiring and emerging cultural practice. Presented at: Political Studies Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, UK, 26-28 March 2018.

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If ‘institutions matter’, twenty years after the devolution referendum, and almost twenty years after the formation of an elected National Assembly for Wales and a Welsh Government accountable to it, what do we actually know about the Government of Wales? Drawing on Hennessy’s concept of ‘Hidden Wiring’, and Bevir and Rhodes’s concept of ‘the state as cultural practice’, this paper will explore the learning so far, and set out some proposals for a research agenda which examines the Government of Wales – and the governance of Wales. The paper will examine the limited ‘insider accounts’ which have so far appeared, addressing questions such as the innovations of Government in Wales (such as published Cabinet Minutes and papers), the continuities and contrasts with Westminster and Whitehall traditions, the ‘new rituals’ of the Welsh Government and the management of emerging policy divergence, particularly but not exclusively after the first post-devolution non- Labour UK governments elected after 2010. The paper will draw on insider experience of eight years as a Minister in the Welsh Governments of Rhodri Morgan and Carwyn Jones.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Submitted
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 4 April 2018
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 13:19

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