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The Conservative Governments and the development of Welsh language policy in the 1980s and 1990s

Edwards, Andrew, Tanner, Duncan and Carlin, Patrick Joseph 2011. The Conservative Governments and the development of Welsh language policy in the 1980s and 1990s. Historical Journal 54 (2) , pp. 529-551. 10.1017/S0018246X11000112

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This article focuses on the advances made to safeguard the future of the Welsh language under the Conservative governments of the 1980s and 1990s. These advancements included the establishment of a Welsh language television channel, advancements in the field of Welsh language education, the formation of a Welsh Language Board, and, finally, the implementation of a new Welsh Language Act in 1993. Challenging popular assumptions regarding the nature of Conservative governance during this period, the article examines the background and context of these developments by highlighting the limitations of ‘Thatcherite’ dogma not only in ‘second order’ areas of policy, but also in a nation where Tory roots were not deeply embedded.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Welsh
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sociolinguistics
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at (accessed 25/02/2014).
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0018-246X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:39

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