Chronicling National Assembly committees as markers of institutional change

Stirbu, Diana and McAllister, Laura (2018) Chronicling National Assembly committees as markers of institutional change. Journal of Legislative Studies, 24 (3). pp. 373-393. ISSN 1743-9337


This article examines changes to the National Assembly for Wales committees and how they act as markers that help explain the dynamics of a significant and contemporaneous constitutional journey. It uses as its backdrop recent constitutional and political change in the UK, particularly that initiated by devolution. Uniquely, we draw upon management theory as well as political science to explain why changes in the focus, identity and profile of Assembly committees represent significant markers or reflectors of constitutional shifts. We suggest that examining key components within the internal architecture of parliaments at different stages of development offers an additional and complementary level of institutional analysis. Our review of the Assembly committees reveals that they have reflected the pace and shape of change in Welsh devolution, and that shifts in their profile and operation offer another insight into devolution, whilst also reflecting wider institutional and political change.

JLS Stirbu and McAllister Accepted August 2018 (2).pdf - Accepted Version

Download (496kB) | Preview


Downloads per month over past year

Downloads each year

View Item View Item