The William Plowden Fellowship supports short research projects looking at issues of governance and public policy. Under its auspices, Tamlyn Rabey, a civil servant at the Welsh Government, has undertaken a study of policy making in smaller countries.
The study found that there are significant advantages in relation to policy making from working at the smaller scale. These relate particularly to:
The report also identified particular challenges and some implications of the context of austerity.
The final part of the report applies the findings to Wales in particular, concluding that huge progress has been made in policy making since devolution, but that there is great potential for further improvement. It suggests some steps that might be taken for the next phase of development.