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

I studied in the School of History at the University of Bristol, graduating with a BA in 1984 and a PhD in 1990.  After posts at the Universities of Bristol, London and Warwick I joined Swansea University in 1992. I was appointed to a personal Chair in Politics in 2012, and since 2017 I have been Director of Research in the College of Arts and Humanities.

My research focuses on the internal territorial politics of states.  This includes theoretical interests in territorial statecraft and devolution; and empirical interests in devolution and public policy, parties and representation. I am currently writing a research monograph on UK politics and devolution, and conducting collaborative research on Political Parties, Devolution and the implications of Brexit.  

I contribute more broadly in this field by acting as the convenor of the UK Political Studies Association Specialist Group on Territorial Politics.   

I am keen to support new researchers.  I was the University Lead in the collaborative Wales ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, 2011-16, and to date I have supervised nine successful PhD students. I am interested in supervising new research students in the areas of comparative and UK devolution, UK politics and public policy. 

I also engage outside universities with practitioners and the public.  Recently I have provided evidence to House of Commons select committee inquiries on constitutional development as well as a PSA Teachers topic guide on Nationalism. I am interested in contributing further to evidence-based analysis of contemporary debates on Brexit and the UK territorial constitution.  

In my teaching I seek to contribute to the core of the curriculum.  I was a member of the QAA Benchmarking Committee for Politics and International Relations in 2014; and my work in embedding placement and practitioner engagement opportunities in modules led in 2016 to a Swansea University Outstanding Contribution to Employability Award.  In the 2018-19 academic year I convene modules on Comparative Devolution, UK politics and the National Assembly for Wales.  


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

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  • PO-241 Approaches to Politics

    Politics is a subject that can be approached from a wide array of theoretical and analytical perspectives. Each approach has its own central tenets ¿ which have implications for how political issues are perceived, analysed, explained and understood. Each approach, therefore, constitutes a shorthand that allows politics scholars to engage in meaningful discussion and allows students to engage more deeply with scholarly work. In this module, we will consider a selection of the major approaches to the study of politics, including traditional approaches; new institutionalism; behaviouralism; rational choice theory; political economy; critical approaches; feminism; interpretive theory and post-modernism. Students will be familiarised with the core assumptions and ideas that drive each approach and will be encouraged to explore their implications for how we understand and study politics.

  • PO-3323 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-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.


  • Friends with Benefits: An Investigation into the Formation and Utilization of Legislative Relationships. (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Matthew Wall
    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
  • Falling Down Before the Divine Right of Experts: Exploring the Significance of Epistemic Communities for Multi-Level Governance Arrangements (current)

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

    Other supervisor: Prof Jonathan Bradbury
    Other supervisor: Prof Simon Hoffman