Institutions, identities and lesser-used languages in Wales and Brittany

Alistair Mark COLE*, Colin Williams

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In this article we compare and contrast the very different approaches adopted towards 'regional' languages in Wales and the French region of Brittany. Consistent with our interest in the dynamics of devolution, decentralization and regional governance, we focus principally upon the interplay between institutions, actors and opinion at the meso-level, using structured interviews, documentary evidence and survey material to back up our findings. In their own way, the Breton and Welsh cases both demonstrate the resilience of national paths and the effects of institutions on political outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-579
Number of pages26
JournalRegional and Federal Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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