Wales Governance Centre
The Wales Governance Centre (WGC) (Welsh: Canolfan Llywodraethiant Cymru) is a research centre and think-tank based Cardiff, Wales, which specialises in research into the law, politics, government and political economy of Wales, as well the wider territorial governance of the UK and Europe. It was established shortly after the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum, and was founded by Barry Jones in 1999. Its current director is Professor Richard Wyn Jones, and it is a part of Cardiff University.
Canolfan Llywodraethiant Cymru
|Founder||Barry Jones (director until 2014)|
|Founded at||Cardiff, Wales|
|Legal status||Academic institution|
|Purpose||Undertaking research into the law, government, politics & public finances of Wales|
|English and Welsh|
|Richard Wyn Jones (since 2009)|
|Affiliations||Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)|
The Centre was established following the 1997 Welsh devolution referendum and during the debate about implementing the programme of devolution in Wales.
In 2019 it established a new branch, the Wales Fiscal Analysis, to focus on "authoritative and independent research" into the public finances, taxation and public expenditures of Wales.
The Centre has worked with a number of other organisations on jointly funded projects including the Public Policy Institute for Wales, the Institute of Welsh Affairs, the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, UK in a Changing Europe, University College London, the Electoral Reform Society Cymru, the Rowntree Charitable Trust and the Nuffield Foundation.
A number of academics from across Wales are currently, or have previously been involved with the Institute.
- Professor Richard Wyn Jones (2014–present)
- Barry Jones (1999–2014)
- "Reshaping the Senedd". www.electoral-reform.org.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- "Latest news". Cardiff University. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- ""Cut to the bone?" Wales Governance Centre releases report into impact of austerity on Welsh councils". Wrexham.com. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- Wyn Jones, Richard (8 October 2013). "Size Matters: Making the National Assembly more effective" (PDF). Electoral Society Cymru. Retrieved 10 September 2019.