Professor Jonathan Bradbury

Professor Jonathan Bradbury
Personal Chair
Political And Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 295961

About Me

Jonathan Bradbury joined Swansea University in 1992, after posts at the universities of Bristol, London and Warwick. He served as Head of the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, 2010-12 and was appointed to a personal Chair in Politics in 2012.

He is the editor of Devolution, Regionalism and Regional Development, the UK Experience (Routledge, 2008) and co-editor of British Regionalism and Devolution, the Challenges of State Reform and European Integration (Routledge, 1997). He has edited special editions of Government and Opposition (2010), Perspectives on European Politics and Society (2009), Regional and Federal Studies (2007) and Regional Studies (1996). He is also the author of Government and County, A History of Northamptonshire County Council, 1889-1989 (Bristol University Press, 1989).

Jonathan has published a wide range of articles in political science journals, including Political Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Publius, the Journal of Federalism, Parliamentary Affairs and the Journal of Legislative Studies. He has also written chapters for edited volumes and is a contributor to J.Tonge & A.Geddes (ed) Britain Votes 2010 (Palgrave). He is a contributor to the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics (3rd edn 2009) and the Dictionary of National Biography.

Jonathan’s research has been externally funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Nuffield Foundation and the British Academy. He regularly gives conference papers, including at UKPSA, APSA and ECPR, and has delivered invited lectures at Yonsei University, South Korea (2010) and the Centre for New Zealand Studies, University of London (2008). He was a keynote speaker at the inaugural conference of the Welsh Institute of Economic and Social Research, Data and Methods held at Cardiff University in June 2010. He has also provided reports, evidence or talks to a number of public bodies throughout the UK.

Publications

  1. Constituency service in multi-level democracies.
  2. Jim Bulpitt's Territory and Power in the United Kingdom and Interpreting Political Development: Bringing the State and Temporal Analysis Back In. Government and Opposition, 45(03), 318-344. doi:10.1111/j.1477-7053.2010.01315.x
  3. & State Devolution and National Identity: Continuity and Change in the Politics of Welshness and Britishness in Wales. Parliamentary Affairs, 63(2), 229-249. doi:10.1093/pa/gsp029
  4. Devolution and Party Organisation in the UK: Statewide parties and statewide-regional branch relations over candidate selection in Scotland and Wales. In Swendon, W. & Maddens, B. (Ed.), Territorial Party Politics in Western Europe. (pp. 119-144). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  5. Wales and the 2010 General Election. Parliamentary Affairs, 63(4), 726-741. doi:10.1093/pa/gsq029

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Teaching

  • PO-3000 The National Assembly for Wales

    The module will comprise seminar tuition on the National Assembly as well as a supervised internship placement with an Assembly member within the National Assembly for Wales. Students will experience the work of the National Assembly at first hand. Students will relate this experience to wider discussion of the National Assembly for Wales and its political roles and relationships in both essay snd policy report assignments.

  • PO-3121 Parliamentary Studies

    Parliamentary Studies is delivered in partnership between academic staff in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies and Parliamentary officials from the Westminster Parliament Education Outreach Team. Swansea is one of only thirteen universities in the UK sanctioned to provide this module, with the support of the Clerks of the House of Commons and House of Lords. The module combines coverage of theoretical, historical and contemporary research on the role and operation of the UK Parliament with detailed insights of the workings of Parliament and its relations with other parliamentary institutions. This includes coverage of such issues as the role of select committees and House of Lords reform, as well as the relationships between the UK Parliament, the European Parliament and the devolved Parliaments and Assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The module includes tuition both by lecturers in the department and officials from the Parliament Education Outreach Team. It also includes a field trip to the UK Parliament.

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-M46 Politics in Contemporary Britain

    This module focuses on British politics since 1997. It considers the contexts of political projects from Thatcherism to New Labour, the impact of European integration on British politics, the changes in state development. It then addresses areas of study chosen, in agreement with the students concerned, from the following; political ideaology, elections, voting behaviour, the party system, the central machinery of government, interest groups and the policy process, the territorial constitution, centre-local relations and local politics, political economy, the welfare state, and foreign policy.

  • PO-M47 Politics and Public Policy in the New Wales

    The module addresses the impact of devolution on politics and public policy in Wales. It addresses a wide range of issues:the historical background to the advent of devolution in Wales; political culture and voting behaviour;parties and new politics; the institutional design of the Welsh Assembley ; intergovernmental relations, policy making and Welsh governance;regional political economy in Wales; social polcy, education and health; and debates on constitutional refrom in Wales.

  • POA301 Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies

    The Dissertation in Parliamentary Studies provides an opportunity for students who have undertaken the module, Parliamentary Studies, to do further sustained study on one aspect of parliamentary studies. Students will receive academic supervision and feedback from within the Department of Political and Cultural Studies, and will receive advice on accessing primary and printed sources from members of the Houses of Parliament Education Outreach Team.

Supervision

  • The Conservative party in South Wales, 1951 - 1983. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Martin Johnes
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
  • Local politics and the rejection of public participation (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
  • '''The Politics of New Atheism''' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
  • Educational policies for 14-19 year olds, with a focus on educational attainment and social outcomes for young people in Scotland and Wales since Devolution. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
  • Devolution and UK health policy: measuring success in the face of conflicting agendas. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Hoffman
    Other supervisor: Dr Patrick Mcgrattan
  • '''''Local Government Reform and Political Management in the UK and South Korea: Responses to the 2000 and 2004 Acts''''.' (awarded 2013)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Devolution and public policy in Scotland and Wales: a joined-up governance approach and the cases of special educational needs and adult community learning. (awarded 2010)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Tobias James
    Other supervisor: Dr Mark Evans
  • Untitled (awarded 2005)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Professor Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Professor Michael Sheehan