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

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: institutional change, devolution, parliament, committees, Wales
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 350 Public administration & military science
Department: School of Social Professions (to June 2021)
School of Social Sciences and Professions
Depositing User: Diana Stirbu
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2018 11:18
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2020 11:16


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