Professor of Politics, Swansea University, Gives Free Public Lecture that Evaluates the Territorial Politics of the UK

Expert in UK politics, Professor Jonathan Bradbury (Swansea University) will be giving an inaugural public lecture on ‘Devolution and the Politics of the United Kingdom’ on Thursday 9 May, 2013.

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Prof J Bradbury Inaugural LectureWith the territorial future of the United Kingdom at the forefront of contemporary political debates, the hour-long lecture will consider some of the current political implications for the constituent nations and regions of the UK.

Professor Bradbury said, “In Scotland there will be a referendum on independence in 2014; in Wales the Silk Commission has advocated the devolution of fiscal powers and is deliberating on the devolution of further legislative powers; and in Northern Ireland the purpose of devolution remains hotly contested between nationalist and unionist visions.

There are real considerations for the constituent nations and regions of the United Kingdom, and implications for the UK as a whole.  The lecture will address what kind of State we live in following devolution and what are its possible constitutional futures.”

Professor Bradbury joined Swansea in 1992, after holding posts at Bristol, London and Warwick. He served as Head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies (PCS) from 2010 - 2012, and was appointed to a personal Chair in Politics in 2012. He has edited leading political journals, and published a wide range of books and articles. He is an expert in devolution, centre-regional/local relations, sub-national government, political parties and public policy.

Director of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH), Professor Chris Williams said, “Professor Bradbury joins some very high profile external speakers in our event series this year; he is a highly distinguished political scientist and this lecture promises to be interesting, and relevant, to us all in a political climate of divided visions.”

The lecture forms part of the Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) public lecture and event series which has seen many high-profile speakers including Chief Curator from the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Tarnya Cooper,  MI5 historian, Professor Christopher Andrews and the First Minister of Wales, the Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones.

The lecture will take place in the Wallace Lecture Theatre, Wallace Building, Swansea University and will start promptly at 6pm. Light refreshments will be available before the lecture from 5.15pm. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

For more information and enquiries please contact:

riah@swansea.ac.uk

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/riah/public-lecture-and-event-series-2012-13/