With nationalist parties entering office in Scotland and Wales for the first time in 2007, the issue of constitutional change became a key part of political debate. The Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly Government attempted to engage the public in discussions on the issue through their respective consultations, A National Conversation in Scotland and the All-Wales Convention. This paper considers the impact and success of both in two key areas: setting the political agenda and shaping public opinion. It argues that while in Wales the public were broadly sympathetic to the objectives of the All-Wales Convention, the issue failed to command much interest, while in Scotland the opposite was true: the constitutional debate dominated the political agenda, yet the public remained unconvinced by the Scottish Government's objective.
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||Political Studies Association (2013) - Cardiff, United Kingdom|
Duration: 25 Mar 2013 → 27 Mar 2013
|Conference||Political Studies Association (2013)|
|Period||25/03/13 → 27/03/13|
Harvey, M. (2013). Consulting the Nation: Public Engagement on the Constitution in Scotland and Wales. Paper presented at Political Studies Association (2013), Cardiff, United Kingdom. https://www.psa.ac.uk/sites/default/files/60_34.pdf