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Prof. Paul Chaney

ProfPaulChaney.jpgRole: WISERD Co-Director

Institution: Cardiff University


Telephone: 02920 874459


Paul Chaney is Professor of Policy and Politics at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences. He has been a member of a number of public advisory bodies - including the UK government Steering Group on the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He was a panel member/ special adviser to the RAE (2008) and REF (2010-11). He was co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Contemporary Wales: An Annual Review of Social, Political and Economic Research. He is the author of over fifty papers in leading international peer-review academic journals, eleven edited collections and two monographs.

His Research Interests Include:

  • Public policy
  • Territorial politics
  • Governance
  • The third sector/ civil society
  • Electoral politics
  • Political representation
  • Equality and human rights


Current Research

ESRC Large Centre Grant £7M ES/L009099/

Project Title: Territoriality and third sector engagement in policymaking and welfare provision.

Aims and objectives of the research in context: Notwithstanding the global trend of devolution and transfer of a broad range of welfare functions to regional governments and legislatures - and the rise of ‘welfare pluralism’ (Kendall 2000) - whereby the third sector is allocated a key role in service delivery, welfare state theory (Cf. Esping Andersen, 1990) has struggled to come to terms with these processes. To address the resultant knowledge gap this study will: (1). explore the how the territorial administration of the third sector in Wales has changed over the post-war period in response to shifting patterns and processes of governance; and (2). Examine how this has affected the way third sector organisations’ shape and deliver public policy and welfare.

Research Questions: What are the key historical and spatial patterns and processes associated with third sector (re-)configuration in relation to the changing nature of governance? What are third sector organisations’ views and understanding of the inherent issues, progress and challenges of engaging government in social policy-making and service delivery? To what extent do meso-structures, institutional procedures and enactments facilitate and/ or frustrate effective third sector engagement in welfare policy-making and delivery? How and to what extent is state decentralisation territorialising policy-making and citizen rights?

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