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Wales could miss out on ‘fair funding’ as a result of ‘Yes’ vote on law making powers, warns academic

08 March 2011

Future attempts to achieve a ‘fair funding’ system for Wales could be put in question as a result of last week’s ‘Yes’ vote on law making powers, a leading Scottish political expert will warn this evening (Tuesday 8th March).

Delivering Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre’s annual St David’s Day lecture Professor Charlie Jeffery, Head of Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, will argue that the result could prove a double-edged sword for Wales with the UK Government less likely to support measures to address particular Welsh concerns.

"The result of last week’s referendum on law-making powers for Wales was a statement of real self-confidence among the Welsh in their National Assembly," Professor Jeffery will say.

"The referendum result establishes a distinctive political system in Wales, a system of authoritative decision-making by and for Welsh citizens with wide scope and genuine autonomy."

Professor Jeffery will argue that the referendum result could make Wales increasingly more self-reliant and limit future attempts to develop UK wide policies.

Professor Jeffery will add: "The UK as a whole is in a process of fragmentation into a set of distinctive political systems, each compartmentalised from each other, with little UK-wide coordination, little sense of UK-wide shared interests.

"This fragmentation could prove a double-edged sword for Wales. A distinctive political system in a state like the UK could mean more self-reliance with the less likelihood of state-wide measures to address particular Welsh concerns – like achieving a fair funding formula for Wales."

Professor Charlie Jeffery has held a Chair in Politics at the University of Edinburgh since October 2004. He is a former Professor of German Politics and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham.

He directed the Economic and Social Research Council's research programme on Devolution and Constitutional Change from 2000-6, which ran 35 projects at UK universities. He is a member of Council of the Economic and Social Research Council and chairs its Strategic Research Board.

He is a former advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the EU Committee of the Regions

Professor Jeffery will deliver his lecture: Wales, the Referendum and the Multi-Level State at the Pierhead building, Cardiff Bay between 6-8pm tonight (Tuesday 8th March).

The lecture will be Chaired by Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Llywydd, Presiding Officer, National Assembly.

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Notes:

To film or interview Professor Charlie Jeffery’s, please contact:

Professor Richard Wyn Jones
Director, Wales Governance Centre
Cardiff University
Mobile: 07734679421
E-mail: WynJonesR@cardiff.ac.uk

Wales Governance Centre
The Wales Governance Centre is a Cardiff University research centre undertaking innovative research into all aspects of the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well the wider UK and European contexts of territorial governance. A key objective of the WGC is to facilitate and encourage informed public debate of key developments in Welsh governance not only through its research, but also through events and postgraduate teaching.

The Centre is sponsored and supported by Cardiff University’s Law School and School of European Studies, while also collaborating with scholars from across the University. The WGC enjoys formal ties with both WISERD and the Institute of Welsh Affairs while also maintaining close cooperative relationships with colleagues in other institutions across Wales, the UK, Europe and beyond.

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