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A selection of books written by our academic staff.

The Fascist Party in Wales?

Full title: The Fascist Party in Wales?: Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism
Author:
Richard Wyn Jones
Date published: April 2014 
Publisher: University of Wales Press
ISBN: 978-1783160563

The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism by Richard Wyn Jones

For decades, otherwise highly respected figures in Welsh life have repeatedly claimed that Welsh nationalists sympathised with Fascism during the dark days of the 1930s and the Second World War. In this path-breaking book, Wales’s leading political commentator assesses the truth of these charges.

In addition to shedding new light on the attitudes of Plaid Cymru and its leadership during the period in question, this book offers an insightful and challenging interpretation of the nature Welsh political culture.

The Fascist Party in Wales?: Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism.

This book is also available in Welsh.

Citizenship after the Nation State

Full title: Citizenship after the Nation State: Regionalism, Nationalism and Public Attitudes in Europe (Comparative Territorial Politics)
Edited by: Dr Ailsa Henderson, Professor Charlie Jeffery, Daniel Wincott
Date published: November 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 
ISBN: 978-0230296572

An outstanding cast of contributors led by Charlie Jeffery, Ailsa Henderson and Daniel Wincott, confront the idea of ‘methodological nationalism’, that is the uncritical choice of the ‘nation-state’ as a unit of analysis that dominates postwar social science. It looks within the state to a regional-scale unit of analysis.

Using specially collected data from 14 regions across five European states Citizenship, After the Nation State explores how citizens define and pursue collective goals at regional scale as well as at the scale of the ‘nation-state’.

Citizenship after the Nation State: Regionalism, Nationalism and Public Attitudes in Europe.

Wales Says Yes

Full title: Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum 
Authors: Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully
Date published: March 2012
Publisher: University of Wales Press 
ISBN: 9780708324851

Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum

Wales Says Yes provides the definitive account and analysis of the March 2011 Welsh referendum.

Drawing on extensive historical research, the book explains the background to the referendum, why it was held, and what was at stake.

The book also explains how the rival Yes and No campaigns emerged, and the varying degree of success with which they functioned.

Wales Says Yes: Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum.

Equality and Public Policy

Author: Paul Chaney  
Date published: January 2011 
Publisher: University of Wales Press 
ISBN: 9780708323267

Equality and Public Policy: Exploring the Impact of Devolution in the UK by Paul Chaney

Equality of opportunity is a contested concept. It evokes strong emotions from proponents and opponents alike.

Enduring issues of inequality and discrimination mean that it remains at the forefront of political priorities in the twenty-first century. Traditional analyses tend to focus on developments at the level of the unitary state or European Union.

In contrast, this book underlines the salience of multi-level governance and offers the first detailed comparative analysis of contemporary efforts to promote equality of opportunity in the wake of constitutional reform in the UK.

Equality and Public Policy.

Europe, Regions and Regionalism

Author: David M Farrell and Roger Scully
Date published: October 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (13 Oct 2010)
ISBN: 9780230231788

The tide of ‘Europe of the Regions’ rhetoric that dominated much political discussion and thinking in the 1980s and 1990s has gradually ebbed. Governance in Europe today may be characterised as ‘multi-level’, but the nation state remains the dominant level for many purposes. Are Europe’s regions, and European regionalism, therefore of little – and diminishing – consequence? This book addresses this question by examining the experiences of regions and regionalism across western, central and eastern Europe.

Europe, Regions and Regionalism.

Representing Europe’s Citizens?

Author: David M Farrell and Roger Scully
Date published: May 2007
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 9780230231788

Representing Europe's Citizens by David M. Farrell and Roger Scully

The past 15 years have seen declining public support for European integration, and widespread suggestions that a legitimacy crisis faces the European Union (EU).

Many in the EU have believed that this problem could be effectively tackled by vesting greater powers in the European Parliament (EP), the Union’s only directly-elected institution.

The central argument of this book is that, while considerable efforts have been made to increase the status of the EP, it is in crucial respects a failure as a representative body.

Representing Europe’s Citizens?.