The relationship between Wales, the United Kingdom & Europe
10 October 2013
The British Academy, in partnership with the Learned Society of Wales, today publishes a report that reviews the complex relations between Wales and the United Kingdom as a whole, and within Europe.
The report is based on two one day conferences co-organised by the British Academy and the Learned Society of Wales and linked to the Leverhulme Trust funded International Network ‘Territorial Governance in Western Europe: between Convergence and Capacity’ (IN-2012-109), led by Professor Alistair Cole and Dr Ian Stafford (Cardiff School of European Languages, Translation and Politics). The conferences brought together academics and practitioners from across the humanities and social sciences to offer unique insights into questions on Welsh governance, public spending and diplomacy within the UK and the EU.
The report explores Welsh devolution from a multitude of perspectives, looking at the historical and social ties between Wales, the rest of the United Kingdom and Europe as well as analysis of the key differences in social attitudes around the UK. The report also looks at the constitutional future of Wales and the UK, Welsh legal identity, a broader European perspective and the unpredictable future of public spending in a further divided nation. Using other European nation-states and regions as examples, this report considers potential governance changes and scenarios for Wales and the rest of the UK.
Professor Alistair Cole stated: "The conferences were possible because of several distinct initiatives: as paired events organised by the British Academy and the Learned Society of Wales; as the first meeting of the Leverhulme Trust’s International Network on Territorial Governance in Western Europe, and as part of the activities of the Cardiff Jean Monnet Centre and the UK-wide University Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES). I thank each of these partners for their exemplary collaboration and support. I would also like to thank the Welsh Government, Wales’s European partners and the European Commission for their support and collaboration. The conferences were, first and foremost, about Wales but debates were also informed by the valuable testimony of experiences from other parts of the UK and Europe."
The Leverhulme Trust’s International Network on Territorial Governance brings together scholars from five European countries who are interested in the comparative dynamics of European territorial governance in an era of financial austerity. Over the next 24 months, the network will host a series of mixed events bringing together practitioners, academics and students in Seville, Rennes, Brussels and Cardiff. For more information on the networks activities please contact Dr Ian Stafford.