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Devolution and public policy in Wales: The case of transport

Bradbury, Jonathan and Stafford, Ian ORCID: 2008. Devolution and public policy in Wales: The case of transport. Contemporary Wales 21 (1) , pp. 67-85.

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The advent of devolution in 1999 inter alia raised three key questions regarding the autonomy to develop public policy in Wales: first; the extent of policy competences; secondly, the capacity to make policy related to Welsh needs; and thirdly, to what ends would competences be put? This article seeks to reflect further on these questions by analysing the development of transport policy in Wales between 1997 and 2007. Interest in this policy sector was raised by the substantial institutional developments within this period and the passing of the Railways Act 2005 and the Transport (Wales) Act 2006, cumulatively portrayed as the largest transfer of powers to the Assembly between 1999 and 2007. This article explores the extensive changes in the policy competences of the Assembly after devolution, the importance of a new policy community to achieve that, and the extensive consideration of the purpose to which transport policy powers should be put. It draws upon interviews conducted with key policy actors across the transport policy sphere and is focused upon bringing the politics back into transport policy, highlighting the range of forces, that determined the course of public policy development.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISSN: 0951-4937
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:30

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