The Parliament for Wales Campaign

Create Your Own Case Study

The Parliament for Wales Campaign – A Welsh pressure group


Welsh Political Studies Lecturers and Teachers Society

Students can use the resources contained in these files to create their own researched case study on a Welsh pressure group in order to cover the Pressure Groups and Protest Movements section of the AS Government and Politics GP1 People, Politics and Participation paper.

This site contains details of the Parliament for Wales Campaign. It was both a Welsh pressure group and protest movement that had the broad aim of establishing a Welsh Parliament with:

  1. Full law making powers
  2. Tax raising powers
  3. Elected by proportional representation

The files and information here give you the ideal opportunity to undertake your own research in order to cover the WJEC GCE AS Government and Politics subject of Pressure Groups and Protest Movement with a specific Welsh example.


What to do to create your own case study

Start by reading the history of the Parliament for Wales Campaign by Dr John Graham Jones and then take a look at the various sites. Now look through the various sources and answer the questions. Try to create short sentences that you will be able to revise from easily. You shouldn’t write more than 100 words for each answer.

Question 1

What was the role of the Parliament for Wales Campaign between 1950 and 1956 and how successful was it?

Question 2

In the 1979 St David’s Day devolution referendum:

  1. Who supported the Yes campaign and what main message did they portray?
  2. Who supported the No campaign and what main message did they portray?
  3. From your own research find out the result of the campaign

Question 3

In the 1997 devolution referendum:

  1. Who supported the Yes campaign and what main message did they portray?
  2. Who supported the No campaign and what main message did they portray?
  3. From your own research find out the result of the campaign

Question 4 The Parliament for Wales Campaign as a pressure group

  1. How did the Parliament for Wales Campaign seek to influence political opinion in order to achieve its aims?
     
  2. What links did it have with political parties in order to achieve its goals?
     
  3. What sort of pressure group behaviour did the Parliament for Wales Campaign demonstrate? In your answer think of membership, insider/outsider status, lobbying and links with parties and government.
     
  4. How did the Parliament for Wales Campaign seek to promote its message in the media?
     
  5. The Parliament for Wales Campaign disbanded in 2011 after the primary powers referendum was run. They felt they had achieved all of their main objectives. From your own research match the Parliament for Wales Campaign’s own aims against what happened with respect to the evolution of devolution in Wales.

Note: The materials for this site have been kindly provided by Alan Jobbins, former Secretary of the Parliament for Wales Campaign. The text for this page has been drawn up by Professor Russell Deacon Chair of the Welsh Political Studies Lecturers and Teachers Society and former chair of the Parliament for Wales Campaign.