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Governance and constitution

Our publications investigate and examine standing for election in Wales, what an effective Welsh Parliament looks like and all aspects of devolution.

A National Civic Conversation about our Constitutional Future: Speech by Mick Antoniw MS

The Counsel General and Minister for the Constitution, Mick Antoniw MS, delivered a speech outlining plans for a new constitutional commission for Wales.

Constitution-Building in Wales: Finding Ways Forward

With the creation of a new commission to lead a national civic conversation being anticipated following the Senedd elections in May, Dr Huw Pritchard and Dr Greg Davies convened an academic workshop to feed into its establishment, by gathering reflections from past constitution-building processes in Wales.

Presentation: Welsh Election Study 2021

Presentation slides from the webinar on the initial findings of the Welsh Election Study 2021.

Stands Scotland where she did? 2020 Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture by Joanna Cherry

Full text of the 2020 Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture delivered by Joanna Cherry.

UK Internal Market Bill, Devolution and the Union

This report, published jointly by the Wales Governance Centre and Edinburgh's Centre on Constitutional Change, answers ten questions about the UK Internal Market Bill. It finds that the Bill has a significant impact on devolution.

The Constitutional Implications of the UK Internal Market proposals

This report has been produced by Professor Dan Wincott and Professor Jo Hunt of the Wales Governance Centre for the Welsh Parliament. It considers the constitutional implications of the UK Internal Market Bill and associated work on intergovernmental relations and common frameworks.

UK Internal Market Bill Briefing Paper

This briefing is intended for third sector organisations to support understanding of the implications of the UK Internal Market Bill – a major piece of Brexit legislation. It has been written by Charles Whitmore, research associate with the Wales Governance Centre and Wales Council for Voluntary Action as a part of the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit.

The Added-Value of the Ireland-Wales Cooperation Programme

This report examines and analyses the Ireland-Wales 'Interreg' cooperation programme which operated between 2014 and 2020.

UK Internal Market Consultation: A response from the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit

This consultation response is from the Wales Civil Society Forum on Brexit. It was submitted to the UK Government's Internal Market Consultation.

Brexit, Devolution and the General Election: 2019 Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture by Philip Rycroft

Full text of 'Brexit, Devolution and the General Election', the 2019 Wales Governance Centre Annual Lecture delivered by Philip Rycroft.

Brexit, Devolution and Civil Society

The Brexit, Devolution and Civil Society conference, which was funded by The Legal Education Foundation, provided a unique opportunity for around 100 civil society organisations (CSO’s), academics and wider stakeholders from across the four nations of the UK to reflect on the impact of Brexit in each jurisdiction, map out commonalities and collaborate on shared and individual responses.

Brexit, Devolution and Wales

This report showcases the breadth of work being done across the Centre on the implications of Brexit for Wales.

Unpacking Diversity: Barriers and incentives to standing for election to the National Assembly for Wales

Academics from the Wales Governance Centre and London Metropolitan University studied what motivates and discourages people from considering running for election to the National Assembly.

Report – Reshaping the Senedd: How to elect a more effective Assembly

This report offers a framework based around first principles about what an electoral system seeks to do.

Delivering a Reserved Powers Model of Devolution for Wales

The report examines the policy decisions required and the wider political and public debate that must take place before a satisfactory reserved powers model of devolution can be developed for Wales.

Challenge and Opportunity: The Draft Wales Bill 2015

The report provides an expert commentary and assessment of the detailed provisions set out in the Draft Wales Bill published in October 2015.

Workshop Note: A Reserved Powers Model for Wales

This is a note taken from a Chatham House style workshop the Wales Governance Centre held in May 2015 on the issues surrounding delivering a reserved powers model of devolution for Wales.

Taking England Seriously: The New English Politics

The third Future of England survey, undertaken by the Wales Governance Centre and the University of Edinburgh forms the basis for this report.

Written Evidence to Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Draft Wales Bill

This is a policy response to the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Select Committee on the Draft Wales Bill

Written Evidence to Welsh Affairs Select Committee on Draft Wales Bill

This report concentrates on the proposed reform to National Assembly for Wales (NAW) elections regarding ‘dual candidacy’.