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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Welcome to Week 2 of our online course about the elections in Wales and Scotland in 2016. Last week, we looked at the architecture of devolution and how government works in Scotland and Wales. And this week we move on to look at the political parties and the party systems in Scotland and Wales. We’ll also be looking back at the SNP government’s record in Scotland. I hope you can join us once again on Wednesday at 1.10pm for our weekly online seminar. And please do send in your questions using the discussion board on the course site or using our hashtag #SWvote16.


Welcome to Week 2 of our course about the devolved elections in Wales and Scotland. This week, we turn our attention to the political parties.

We will hold our second live online seminar on Wednesday 27 April at 1.10pm (UK time). You can suggest questions for the seminar in the discussion and watch the seminar live on YouTube. Once again, we will make a recording available shortly afterwards. You can also Tweet questions during the seminar with the hashtag #SWvote16.

In collaboration with Regional & Federal Studies, a well-respected social science journal, we have selected a small number of articles to complement the information provided in our MOOC. These additional sources will permit you to explore Welsh and Scottish devolution in greater detail. The content of these articles does not form a core part of the course, but they are an excellent resource for anyone who wants to explore the issues in greater depth. Glance through the bibliography – at least abstracts and introductions – to get a better grasp of what devolution is and how it has developed in the two regions.

You can find the articles on a special section of the journal’s website.

They are available for you completely free of charge. After registering, you will be able to read as many of them as you like.

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