Road to the National Assembly for Wales

Editor(s): J Barry Jones Denis Balsom

Language: English

Genre(s): Welsh Interest

  • May 2000 · 176pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708314920
  • ·Paperback - 9780708314838

About The Book

A detailed examination of the course of devolution from 1979 to the Act of setting up the Welsh Assembly. The text should appeal not only to those with an interest in Wales, but also academics, students and politicians with an interest in the modernization of the UK constitution.


'...offers an objective analysis of the tangled web that followed the rejection of devolution by more than four to one back in 1979.' Tribune


Part 1 Road to the Referendum: political developments in Wales including public opinion 1979-97, Denis Balsom; changes in the government of Wales 1979-1997, J. Barry Jones; development of Labour’s devolution policy, Kevin Morgan and Geoff Mungham. Part 2 The campaign: the “Yes” campaign, Leighton Andrews; the “No” campaign, Tim Williams; the campaign on the ground – reflections from around the country; post-script on the campaign, Denis Balsom and J. Barry Jones. Part 3 The media: the role of the press, London and Welsh, English and Welsh language, Kevin Williams; radio and television, London/Cardiff relations, Ioan Bellin et al. Part 4 The outcome: analyzing the results, Denis Balsom; voting patterns – preliminary findings from the CREST Referendum Study, Richard Wyn Jones et al; post referendum politics, J. Barry Jones; a critique of the Welsh Assembly, Bill Keith Patchett. Conclusions: review of the campaign and implications for the British Constitution, Denis Balsom and J. Barry Jones.

About the Editor(s)

J Barry Jones

J. Barry Jones is an editor of The Welsh Veto and The Road to the National Assembly for Wales.

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Denis Balsom

Dr Denis Balsom is regarded as an authority on social and political survey research. He is the Chairman and Company Secretary of FBA, a PR, corporate affairs and branding and design company based in Aberystwyth. He also created and continues to edit The Wales Yearbook, a guide to public affairs in Wales, published by Francis Balsom Associates (FBA).

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