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Wales Says Yes

Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum

Author(s): Richard Wyn Jones Roger Scully

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

December 2011256 pages216x138mm

Paperback - 9780708324851 eBook - epub - 9780708326428 eBook - mobi - 9780708326435 eBook - pdf - 9780708324868

About The Book

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. Through a detailed account of the results, and analysis of survey evidence on Welsh voters, the book explains why Wales voted Yes in March 2011. Finally, it considers what that result may mean for the future of both Wales and the UK.


'Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully have put the analysis of Welsh politics on the map of the global academy. In their latest work, they trace the tortuous contours of the road to full law-making powers in the 2011 referendum. Their argument will provoke debate and discussion in Wales and beyond. It is a very readable, comprehensive and well-informed account of developments in the unstoppable dynamic of devolution'. Leighton Andrews, Assembly Member for the Rhondda


Chapter One: The Road to the Referendum Chapter Two: The Unlikely Survival of the Platypus: Constitution Building in Wales Chapter Three: The Evolution of Public Attitudes Chapter Four: From Coalition Agreement to Polling Day Chapter Five: The Referendum Result Chapter Six: The People’s Choice: Explaining Voting in the Referendum Chapter Seven: The Implications

About the Author(s)

Richard Wyn Jones

Professor Richard Wyn Jones is Professor of Welsh Politics and Director, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University.

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Roger Scully

Professor Roger Scully holds a position in the department of politics and international relations at Cardiff University, with research interests on political representation in the UK and devolution in Welsh politics.

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