Leadership and culture in the Welsh Assembly: investigating path-dependency

Kerry Edward Howell, Rory Shand

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This study of the developing Welsh Assembly (WA) provides a unique opportunity to comprehend how the values and public statements of a democratic institution's initial and ongoing leadership develop its structure and culture. We track the evolution of a new democratic institution and investigate relationships between leadership, path-dependency and cultural development. In this paper, Welsh Assembly Member (AM) leadership is analysed in relation to sources of path-dependency in the WA. Two sets of interviews and surveys provide AM perspectives of the Assembly in relation to the evolving leadership capability and institutional culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-521
Number of pages15
JournalPolicy Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sept 2015


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