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Policing and devolution in the UK: the ‘special’ case of Wales

Jones, Robert, Harrison, Michael and Jones, Trevor ORCID: 2023. Policing and devolution in the UK: the ‘special’ case of Wales. Policing 17 , paac063. 10.1093/police/paac063

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Political devolution in the UK has been responsible for major legislative changes to police governance, policy, and practice. Although policing in Wales remains formally part of the unitary ‘England and Wales’ system, the devolution of other key policy areas have contributed to the emergence of a distinctive Welsh policy context. In this paper, we explore the ways in which the devolution settlement in Wales has, albeit inadvertently, resulted in growing divergence from policing in England. We argue that devolution has transformed the operation of policing in Wales and has added a significant degree of complexity for Welsh police forces. The paper raises several important questions for policing in post-devolution Wales and underlines the need for further empirical research that can explore the extent, causes and implications of divergence between the policing systems of the constituent nations of the United Kingdom.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Governance Centre (WGCES)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1752-4512
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 1 June 2022
Date of Acceptance: 30 May 2022
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2024 14:03

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