Wales Says Yes

Devolution and the 2011 Welsh Referendum

Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully

Wales Says Yes

Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully

Distributed for University of Wales Press

234 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2012
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780708324851 Published July 2012 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $30.00 ISBN: 9780708324868 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

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. Finally, it considers what the results may mean for the future of both Wales and the United Kingdom.


1. The road to referendum
2. The unlikely survival of the platypus: constitution building in Wales
3. The evolution of public attitudes
4. From coalition agreement to polling day
5. The referendum result
6. The people’s choice: explaining voting in the referendum
7. Their implications

Review Quotes
Leighton Andrews, Assembly Member for the Rhondda
“In this book, Richard Wyn Jones and Roger Scully trace the tortuous contours of the road to full lawmaking 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.”

Charlie Jeffrey, University of Edinburgh
“This is no simple narrative of Welsh politics—it is outstanding political science, which gives rich insight into contemporary Wales precisely because it mobilizes so well the best global thinking in political science about nationalism, party competition, direct democracy, and voting behavior. For that reason, Wyn Jones and Scully’s book stands alongside Rick Rawlings’s Delineating Wales as the definitive account of the formation of a new political system in Wales.”

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