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Revitalizing Democracy?

Devolution and Civil Society in Wales

Devolution, or home rule, is the transfer of power from a more centralized form of government to one that is of a local or regional nature. This book-length study examines the impact of the devolution from British rule on Welsh civil society during the Welsh Assembly’s first term, from 1999 to 2003. Comprehensive theoretical examination is paired with case-based research in order to discuss the relationship between civil society, democracy, and national identity, and to question whether civil society contributes to promoting a stronger sense of Welsh national identity—essential reading for all those interested in contemporary Welsh politics.

224 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2007

Politics and Society in Wales

Political Science: Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, and International Relations

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Series Editor’s Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgements
1. Introduction: Civil Society in Wales
Part I
Studying Civil Society in Post-Devolution Wales

2. The ‘Toolkit’: Concepts and Theories
3. New Institutions, New Opportunities?
Part II
Civil Society in Wales: The Case Studies

4. Devolution and Redistribution: Groundwork in Wales and Objective 1
5. Devolution and Recognition: Cymdeithas yr Iaith and Cymuned
6. Non-Devolved Redistribution: Oxgam Cymru and Make Trade Fair
7. Non-Devolved Recognition: Stonewall Cymru and Section 28
8. Conclusion

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