Richard Wyn Jones

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Wyn Jones
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Professor of Politics
Cardiff University
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Richard Wyn Jones joined the staff of Cardiff University in February 2009 as Director of the Wales Governance, having previously worked as Professor of Welsh Politics and founding Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics at the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. He has written extensively on contemporary Welsh politics, devolved politics in the UK and nationalism. In addition, Richard was one of the founders of Critical Security Studies.

Richard is a regular and widely respected broadcaster, commentating on Welsh politics in both Welsh and English for the BBC in Wales and across the UK. He has also presented two TV series and is a regular columnist for the Welsh language current affairs magazine Barn.

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Professor of Politics


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Rhodri Morgan did more than steady the Welsh Assembly's early steps, writes Richard Wyn Jones, he led Wales to a point where devolution seems the natural state of affairs.    Back in 2003, a colleague who worked in opinion polling was briefing a team of field researchers in south Wales who were abou... Read more
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Richard Wyn Jones on the reasons contributing to a leave vote in a part of the UK that benefits most from EU membership. Turkeys, it seems, do vote for Christmas – at least if they’re Welsh. There can be no doubt that, financially speaking, Wales has been one of the parts of the UK that has benefite... Read more
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The UK Government's response to criticism of the draft Wales Bill is more of a staging post than a destination, says Richard Wyn Jones.    When he began the process that would lead to the publication in September 2015 of the Draft Wales Bill, the then Secretary of State, Stephen Crabb, spoke in effu... Read more
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Wales has been squeezed harder than Scotland under the Barnett Formula. The challenge now facing First Minister Carwyn Jones is to explain to the Welsh electorate why it is fair that poorer Wales receives less privileged treatment that that given to more prosperous Scotland, writes Richard Wyn Jones... Read more
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The implications of the Smith Commission's report for the rest of the UK were highlighted both by the Prime Minister and leaders of English local government within a few hours of its publication. Richard Wyn Jones suggests that Smith may well have serious implications on the other side of the Tweed... Read more
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The independence referendum focussed the attention in the UK and beyond on Scotland. However, argues Professor Richard Wyn Jones, the contours of the constitutional debate throughout the UK should not be seen from an entirely Scottish perspective. Let me cut to the chase. Folks, it’s not all about S... Read more
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Richard Wyn Jones discusses the ‘Better Together’ campaign, the economic fortunes of Scotland and Wales and the ‘Barnett bonus’. It is rapidly becoming commonplace among political commentators that ‘Better Together’ have run one of the more inept campaigns in British political history. The inquests... Read more
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In a piece that examines the implications of Scottish independence for Wales, Richard Wyn Jones makes an impassioned case for a fairer settlement for Wales. Powers for a Purpose, the product of Labour’s Devolution Commission in Scotland,  sets out Labour’s vision for the future of Scotland and the U... Read more
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  • 22nd March 2018

    The devolved legislatures’ ‘continuity’ legislation prepares their statute books for Brexit in the event of an ongoing impasse with the UK Government over the so-called ‘power grab’ in the EU Withdrawal Bill. Professor Nicola McEwen suggests these ongoing discussions and debates provide insight into the challenges and opportunities likely to shape ongoing intergovernmental relationships.

  • 22nd March 2018

    Two decades have passed since there was last a serious consideration of how the UK uses referendums. In the light of the Referendums of recent years, our colleagues at the Constitution Unit at UCL established the Independent Commission on Referendums. Ahead of a public event in Edinburgh, the Commission's research director, Dr Alan Renwick, explains its terms of reference.

  • 9th March 2018

    Stephen Hornsby, a partner at Goodman Derrick LLP, comments on Michael Keating's recent paper on the policy making implications of Brexit for agriculture in the UK.

  • 9th March 2018

    In response to the apparent surge in support for Corsican nationalists, President Macron has made it clear that Corsica will not be allowed to distinguish itself further from the rest of France. However, says Dr Alexendra Remond, support for autonomy may be symptomatic more of disenchantment with the status quo than of growing Corsican nationalism.

  • 2nd March 2018

    With little enough fanfare, Cabinet Office Minister David Liddington MP set out how Britain will operate post-Brexit. Prof Michael Kenny and Jack Sheldon consider what he had to say.

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