Dr Anwen Elias

BA Hons Cambridge University MA College of Europe, Bruges PhD European University Institute, Florence

Dr Anwen Elias

Reader in Politics

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Anwen Elias joined the Department in February 2005. Her research and teaching encompasses European politics, comparative regionalism, nationalism, and political parties and party systems.



Anwen's research is in the broad area of comparative regionalism and nationalism, and has mainly focused on Western Europe. Her work has examined the attitudes of nationalist and regionalist parties towards European integration, as well as the ways in which these parties seek to advance and adapt to processes of constitutional change. Current research projects are focused on territorial politics in times of economic and political crisis (funded by UACES and the Aberystwyth University Research Fund), and the role of regionalist and nationalist parties in achieving political, economic and social justice (Horizon2020 funded project).

Office Hours (Student Contact Times)

  • Monday 12.30-1.30
  • Wednesday 12.30-1.30


Between accommodation and secession: Explaining the shifting territorial goals of nationalist parties in the Basque Country and CataloniaElias, A. & Mees, L. 2017 In : Revista d'Estudis Autonòmics i Federals.25, p. 129-165
Institutionelle Opportunitäten und regionalistische Bewegungen aus vergleichender PerspektiveElias, A. 2016 Frankreich Jahrbuch 2015: Frankreich nach der Territorialreform. Deutsch-Französische Institut (ed.). Ludwigsburg : Franco-German Institute, p. 93-10916 p.
Position, Selective Emphasis and Framing: How parties deal with a second dimension in competitionElias, A., Szöcsik, E. & Zuber, C. 2015 In : Party Politics.21, 6, p. 839-850
Catalan independence and the challenge of credibility: The causes and consequences of Catalan nationalist parties' strategic behaviourElias, A. 2015 Contesting Spain: The Dynamics of Nationalist Movements in Catalonia and the Basque Country. Gillespie, R. & Gray, C. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, (Europa Country Perspectives)
Catalan Independence and the Challenge of Credibility: The Causes and Consequences of Catalan Nationalist Parties’ Strategic BehaviorElias, A. 2015 In : Nationalism and Ethnic Politics.21, 1, p. 83-103
Simulating the European Union: Reflections on Module DesignElias, A. 2014 In : International Studies Perspectives.15, 4, p. 407-422
From Protest to Power: Autonomist Parties and the Challenges of RepresentationElias, A., Tronconi, F., Elias, A. M. (ed.) & Tronconi, F. (ed.) 2011 Braumüller. 371 p. (Politische Wirklichkeit)
Autonomist Parties and the Challenges of RepresentationElias, A. & Tronconi, F. 2011 From Protest to Power: Autonomist Parties and the Challenges of Political Representation. Elias, A. & Tronconi, F. (eds.). Braumüller, p. 1-2525 p. (Politische Wirklichkeit)
Plaid CymruElias, A. 2011 From Protest to Power: Autonomist Parties and the Challenges of Political Representation. Elias, A. & Tronconi, F. (eds.). Braumüller, p. 261-28222 p. (Politische Wirklichkeit)
Autonomist Parties from Protest to Power: A Comparative OverviewElias, A. & Tronconi, F. 2011 From Protest to Power: Autonomist Parties and the CHallenges of Political Representation. Elias, A. & Tronconi, F. (eds.). Braumüller, p. 345-37127 p. (Politische Wirklichkeit)
From Protest to Power: Autonomist parties in governmentElias, A. & Tronconi, F. 2011 In : Party Politics.17, 4, p. 505-52420 p.
Dissent on the periphery? Island Nationalisms and European integrationHepburn, E. & Elias, A. 2011 In : West European Politics.34, 4, p. 859-88224 p.
Pleidiau cenedlaetholgar lleiafrifol ac ymaddasu i ddatganoli: Astudiaeth gymharol o Blaid Cymru a’r Bloque Nacionalista GalegoElias, A. 2011 In : Gwerddon.7
Political representationElias, A. 2010 Understanding Contemporary Wales. Mackay, H. (ed.). Cardiff: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press, p. 231-26636 p.
From Protest to Power: Mapping the Ideological Evolution of Plaid Cymru and the Bloque Nacionalista GalegoElias, A. 2009 In : Regional and Federal Studies.19, 4-5, p. 533-55725 p.
Plaid Cymru and the challenges of adapting to post-devolution WalesElias, A. 2009 In : Contemporary Wales.22, 1, p. 113-14028 p.
From “full national status” to 'independence' in Europe: The case of Plaid Cymru – The Party of WalesElias, A. 2009 European Integration and the Nationalities Question. McGarry, J. & Keating, M. (eds.). Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, p. 193-21523 p. (Routledge Innovations in Political Theory)
Minority Nationalist Parties and European Integration: A Comparative StudyElias, A. M. 2009 Taylor & Francis. 203 p. (Contemporary European Studies)
From Euro-enthusiasm to Euro-scepticism? A Re-evaluation of Minority Nationalist Party Attitudes Towards European IntegrationElias, A. 2008 In : Regional and Federal Studies.18, 5, p. 557-58126 p.
The 2007 Welsh Assembly ElectionElias, A. & Scully, R. 2008 In : Regional and Federal Studies.18, 1, p. 103-1097 p.
Introduction: Whatever happened to the Europe of the Regions? Revisiting the Regional Dimension to European PoliticsElias, A. M. 2008 In : Regional and Federal Studies.18, 5, p. 483-49311 p.
Statud newydd i CatalunyaElias, A. 2006 Barn
Un succès gaspillé? Les experiences du Plaid Cymru – Le Parti du Pays de Galles à l’Assemblée nationale du Pays de GallesElias, A. 2005 Les partis régionalistes en Europe: The regional parties in Europe. Dewit, P. (ed.). Brussels: Presses Universitaires de Bruxelles, p. 161-17818 p.