book deserves wider notice from those interested in political
parties and ideological relations within them."
David S. Moon, Political Studies Review
this ground-breaking study of Plaid Cymru's political
philosophy, Dr Alan Sandry challenges the conventional
assumption that Plaid Cymru, a political party that is generally
regarded as being the foremost advocates of Welsh nationalism, conforms
to the traditional model of a nationalist party.
The author's exhaustive analysis notes that Plaid's ideology
is diverse and complex and in places shares certain political
convictions with other political philosophies i.e. an
environmentalist Green agenda, a decentralist Liberal agenda and
a welfarist Socialist agenda.
He thus contends that since the party's establishment in 1925,
nationalism has been erroneously used as a motif or flag of
convenience by the party itself and by those who have written
Cymru An Ideological Analysis
is not, therefore, a standard work of political science or
merely an historical appraisal of Plaid Cymru. Rather it
uncovers the party's philosophical development and it
challenges some of the perceptions surrounding the party's
Dr Sandry, using the ideological model enunciated by Michael
Freeden, asserts that Plaid Cymru is not merely a nationalist
party but is more of a socialist party, albeit with a complex
matrix of underlying ideologies.
The Ideological Development of Early Plaid Cymru
Plaid Cymru and the Ideology of Nationalism
Other Ideologies Associated with Plaid Cymru
Concepts within Plaid Cymru's Ideology
Ideological Debates within Plaid Cymru
Alan Sandry: is
a Lecturer in Social and Political Theory at UWIC (The
University of Wales Cardiff). He was joint
of Devolution in the UK (EUP, 2007).