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While understandings of the UK's territorial governance have been significantly enhanced since the 1980s, not least thanks to the work of Bulpitt in the 1980s and James Mitchell in recent years, much of this work has lacked a sufficient normative dimension. This study seeks to build on Bulpitt's ideas of a centre and periphery relationship defined by considerations of high and low politics and Mitchell's argument that the UK is a state of unions, by arguing that this state of unions should also be seen as a state of unionisms. Taking England and Wales as case studies, this research will highlight the heterogenous nature of unionist culture in both nations and across the UK as a whole, underpinned by the hypothesis that the absence of a holistic approach to territorial governance in the UK is underpinned by a pragmatic and disinterested centre with an outdated belief in unitary sovereignty that is itself buffeted by a lack of a homogenous British unionism.
Arrested Development? The Federalism of the Liberal Democrats: This research project has focused on a critical analysis of the Liberal Democrats' ideological and organisational commitment to federalism and has so far produced the following papers:
- Evans, A. (2013). Research Note: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? The Position of the Scottish and Welsh Liberal Democrats Within the Federal Liberal Democrats, Contemporary Wales, Vol. 26, 242-255
- Evans, A. (2013). The Squeezed Middle? The Liberal Democrats in Wales and Scotland: A post-Coalition Reassessment, Paper Presented to the 63rd PSA Annual Conference,
More generally I have a broad research interest in questions of constitutional reform in Britain: including the English Question as well as Celtic devolution, British politics and political history."
2008-2011 BScEcon Politics, Cardiff University (Graduated with first class honours)
2011-2012 MScEcon Welsh Government and Politics, Cardiff University (Distinction)
Prizes and Scholarships:
- 2012 Won a President's Research Scholarship from Cardiff University to conduct PhD research on Law, Policy and Politics in Wales.
- Awarded a Pantyfedwen Foundation Scholarship for my masters study in 2011
- I was awarded the John Cross Prize in Politics in 2011 for having the highest average scores in my undergraduate Politics degree
- Awarded the Charles Morgan Award for the highest scores in Welsh History from First Year students at Cardiff University in June 2009.
Peer reviewed journal articles:
Evans, A. (2013). Research Note: Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? The Position of the Scottish and Welsh Liberal Democrats Within the Federal Liberal Democrats, Contemporary Wales, Vol. 26, 242-255
Other journal articles:
Evans, A. (forthcoming). A House of Cards? The failure of the Government of Wales Act 2006 to provide the foundation for a stable devolution settlement in Wales, Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy (accepted for publication in a 2014 special edition on the Scottish Independence referendum and the UK constitution)
Evans, A. (25th November 2013). Rumsfeldian Logic and the Debate on Scottish Independence, e-International Relations
Evans, A. (6th November 2013). Much ado about nothing: Fiscal accountability in Wales and the Silk Commission, British Politics and Public Policy at the LSE
Evans, A. (27th September 2013). Electoral system dynamics are fundamental to understanding why comparisons between the FDP and the Liberal Democrats are ultimately somewhat misguided, British Politics and Public Policy at the LSE
Evans, A. (25th September 2013). The threat of Geert Wilders winning snap elections is likely to be enough to force a compromise on the Netherlands' 2013 budget, European Politics and Public Policy at the LSE,
Evans, A. (16th August 2013). Welsh incremental devolution: History repeats itself, first as tragedy then as tax?, British Politics and Public Policy at the LSE
Evans, A. (31st July 2013). Growing discontent within the European Union provides an opportunity for Cameron for reform, British Politics and Public Policy at theLSE
Evans, A. (5th July 2013). Englishness never died, but has increasingly emerged from the shadows of Britishness, British Politics and Public Policy at the LSE
Evans A. (14th June 2013). The English dog finds its voice, Click on Wales, IWA
Evans, A. (19th May 2013). U-turn if you want to, IWA
"Evans, A. (2013). The Squeezed Middle? The Liberal Democrats in Wales and Scotland: A post-Coalition Reassessment, Paper Presented to the 63rd PSA Annual Conference, Cardiff.
Conferences and External Engagements
- 15th November 2013 Presented the paper "A House of Cards: the failure of the 2006 Government of Wales Act to deliver a sustainable Welsh devolution settlement" at the University Graduate College/Cardiff University School of Planning and Geography organised conference: Wales Doing Things Differently, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff
- 27th July 2013, wrote and co-presented a session on Devolved Politics in the United Kingdom at the Annual Sitting of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament in Leeds
- 19th June 2013, respondent at Cottage Pie and the Constitution: What Next for England? organised by the UK's Changing Union: Our Future, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
- 26th March 2013 I presented a paper entitled 'The Squeezed Middle? The Liberal Democrats in Wales and Scotland: A post-Coalition Reassessment' at the 2013 PSA Annual Conference in Cardiff.
- 16th November 2012, Presented a Paper on the English Question presented at the Cardiff University 'Transitions' Conference.
- 7th November 2012 I chaired a Panel at the University Graduate College funded 'Law, Policy and Politics in Wales' conference organised by PhD students from the Wales Governance Centre.
- Member of the UK Changing Union: Our Future Steering Group.