Devolution and identity: Multidirectionality in ‘Welshness’ and ‘Northern Irishness’

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In an era of Brexit and on-going constitutional debates in the UK, questions around devolution and national identifications currently attract scholarly attention as never before. This article focusses on national identification in two devolved regions, Wales and Northern Ireland, never before compared in this way, to explore how devolution can act in a fluid and multidirectional way to produce differing framings of national identification. Using original qualitative research, combining the tools of documentary analysis, structured interviews and focus groups, it considers these theoretical ideas through the prism of both political elites and everyday life to explore and compare the reasoning behind the politicization of key national identifications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-482
JournalRegional & Federal Studies
Issue number4
Early online date26 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jul 2017


  • Devolution
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • multidirectionality
  • national identity

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