Professor Jonathan Bradbury
Personal Chair
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 295961
Room: Office - 004
Ground Floor
James Callaghan
Singleton Campus

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.


  1. & Explaining Cooperation over Casework between Members of National and Regional Parliaments. Parliamentary Affairs 68(4), 665-689.
  2. & MPs' Inter-party contacts and the operation of party democracy. In Representing the People: A Survey among Members of Statewide and Substate Parliaments. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. Rethinking Governance. Taylor & Francis eBooks.
  4. & Constituency service in multi-level democracies. Regional and Federal Studies 24(2), 129-150.
  5. Bradbury, J. New labour, new devolution? The Labour Party and the politics of English regional reform. Regional Studies 30

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  • 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-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-M25 Dissertation

    Individual research based, under the guidance of appointed supervisor.

  • 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-M89 Devolution in Comparative Perspective

    This module will examine various ways of conceptualising and explaining the importance of devolved forms of governance in Western Europe. The module will involve critical assessment of concepts and theories of territorial systems analysis; theories of territorial change lieing in claims based on minority nationalist demands for territorial autonomy; and theories of territorial change arising from developments in multi-level governance, a `Europe of the Regions¿, and non-nationalist `functional¿ arguments in favour of political decentralisation (e.g., devolution as a means of dispersing political power, increasing economic and administrative efficiency and bringing government `closer to the people/citizen¿). An empirical focus will be placed on the UK (with individual attention to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) Spain and Belgium. The module will conclude on discussions of the significance of devolution for state change in the early 21st century, considering both the dynamics of state reconfiguration and fragmentation.


  • The Uninvited Guest: Local Government Crisis Policymaking and Chief Executive Intervention. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Dion Curry
  • Exploring the Significance of Epistemic Communities on the Development Multi-Level Governance Arrangements: Case Study of Historic Environment Policy in Wales & Francophone Canada (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Dion Curry
  • 'Children''s Human Rights in Education: What impact Rights Respecting Status? ' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Hoffman