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The public legitimacy of the National Assembly for Wales

Scully, Roger and Wyn Jones, Richard ORCID: 2015. The public legitimacy of the National Assembly for Wales. Journal of Legislative Studies 21 (4) , pp. 515-533. 10.1080/13572334.2015.1059591

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This article examines the public legitimacy of the National Assembly for Wales. Both the Assembly and the broader system of devolved government for Wales initially enjoyed very limited public support. It is shown that support for devolution in general has risen substantially, while some elements of public attitudes towards the Assembly itself now appear distinctly positive. However, it is also demonstrated that public legitimacy, defined as ‘diffuse support’ for the Assembly, remains limited. The article then examines what factors explain levels of diffuse support for the National Assembly. It is found that variation in such support is best accounted for by factors associated with ‘non-material consequentialism’: perceptions of the impact of the Assembly on the process of government. The conclusion assesses the implications of the findings for the National Assembly, as well as for the study of devolution

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1357-2334
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 June 2014
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 17:14

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