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The Welsh Devolution Referendum

Wyn Jones, Richard ORCID: and Lewis, Bethan 1999. The Welsh Devolution Referendum. Politics 19 (1) , pp. 37-46. 10.1111/1467-9256.00084

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This article seeks to place the 1997 referendum on the Labour government's plans to establish an elected Welsh Assembly into the context of the debate on devolution as it has developed in Wales since 1979, when broadly similar proposals were overwhelmingly rejected by the Welsh electorate. The authors argue that given the belated decision to hold the referendum, the particular difficulties created by the Welsh political landscape, and the fact that there was no real attempt to develop a broad-based consensus behind the proposals before the 1997 general election, the fact that the proposals were finally approved – albeit by the narrowest of margins – represents a substantial achievement for the pro-devolutionists.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Blackwell
ISSN: 0263-3957
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 11:40

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