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Prizes



 

The Ken Young Best Paper Prize

The Bleddyn Davies Early Career Prize

2017

Jo Ingold and Mark Monaghan

Evidence translation: an exploration of policy makers' use of evidence

Zachary Morris

Constructing the need for retrenchment: disability benefits in the United States and Great Britain

2016

Michael Howlett, Ishani Mukherjee and Jun Jie Woo

From tools to toolkits in policy design studies: the new design orientation towards policy formulation research

Owen Corrigan

Conditionality of legal status and immigrant occupational attainment in Western Europe

2015

Will Leggett

The politics of behavioural change: nudge, neo-liberalism and the state

Caroline Kuzemko

Politicising UK energy: what “speaking energy security” can do

2014

Mark Purcell

The right to the city: the struggle for democracy in the urban public realm

Katherine Smith

Institutional filters: the translation and re-circulation of ideas about health inequalities within policy

 

The 2018 Winners

We are delighted to announce that the winners of our Ken Young prize for the best paper published in 2017 are Selen Ercan, Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell for their article on Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: the crucial role for interpretive research.

In this excellent article, the authors seek to make sense of the complex nature of deliberation and the complexity of deliberative democratic systems.  In doing so, they bring together two hitherto separate strands of literature - the empirical turn and the systemtic turn - which have previously ‘pulled in different directions.’  In seeking to bring the two turns together, the authors highlight a number of important methodological questions.  They ask: 'how can we identify and portray the sites, agents and discursive elements that comprise a deliberative system, how can we study connections and transmissions across different sites of a deliberative system, and how can we understand the impact of the broader socio- political context on both specific deliberative sites and the entire deliberative system?’

To answer these questions, the authors adopt an innovative approach and draw upon interpretivist methods in order to 'better capture the sites of a deliberative system’, 'important deliberative agents, and understanding their experiences, beliefs and practices’, and to 'developing an understanding of the discursive elements – the arguments, ideas, claims and justifications – that prevail within a deliberative system’.

The net result of this approach is an article that is theoretically significant and methodologically innovative.  Theoretically, the authors demonstrate the utility of studying the two ‘turns’ in the field of deliberative democracy in a more iterative manner.  Methodologically, the authors address existing criticisms of interpretivist methods to demonstrate their clear potential as a means of studying complex deliberative systems, and the extent to which they can complement or add value to a multi-method research agenda.  As such, the paper makes an important contribution to the fields of deliberative democracy and interpretivist political studies.

Finally, the article provides the foundation for an important new research agenda, and concludes by identifying two key questions that scholars should consider: 'How should empirical researchers navigate the normative agenda of deliberative democracy?’ and 'What are the possibilities and limitations of linking different kinds of approaches to studying deliberative democracy?’  For anyone wishing to take on this challenge, the findings and lessons of this article provide an invaluable guide.

And the winner of our Bleddyn Davies prize for the best Early Career paper published in 2017 is Rikki John Dean for his article on Beyond radicalism and resignation: the competing logics for public participation in policy decisions.

In this excellent paper, Rikki Dean explores an aspect of public policy that is central to contemporary policy making - public participation. The need for greater public participation in politics and public services is advocated strongly across the globe by different constituencies. Attempts to engage the public are underpinned by a variety of ideological influences and policy applications, leading to tensions and misconceptions about what public participation could and should look like. These competing constructions of participation are rarely given much attention, particularly when it comes to formulating typologies of participatory mechanisms. In this well-crafted position piece, Rikki Dean redresses this gap. He does not make the case for or against participation in general, nor any particular version of participation. Instead, he presents competing understandings of what might be reasonably argued to be legitimate forms of participation, in which those involved could be said to be engaged on genuine terms. This contribution advances our understanding of public participation by offering greater clarity regarding the ways participation can be constructed. It offers the potential to improve participatory practice, for instance by reducing tensions that result from often unacknowledged definitional conflicts in real world participatory initiatives. This is a fabulous article from a worthy winner of this year’s early career prize.

References:
Ercan, SA, Hendriks, CM, Boswell, J (2017) Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: The crucial role for interpretive research, Policy & Politics, vol 45, no 2, 195–212.
Dean RJ (2017) Beyond radicalism and resignation: the competing logics for public participation in policy decisions, Policy & Politics, vol 45, no 2, 213–30.


Criteria

The Ken Young best paper prize is awarded to the paper published in the previous year’s volume judged to represent excellence in the field. The winner’s paper will receive publicity and a period of free electronic access to their article to encourage use and citation.

  • the selected paper must have been published in the previous year’s volume
  • all papers, including research provocations, are eligible
  • individual authors and teams of authors are eligible
  • the nominations will be shortlisted and selected by the co-editors
  • metrics on downloads and citations are used as part of the selection
  • a short written summary statement is published on the rationale for the selection


The Bleddyn Davies early career prize is awarded to the best paper published in the previous year’s volume by an early career author. The winner’s paper will receive publicity and a period of free electronic access to their article to encourage use and citation.

  • the selected paper must have been published in the previous year’s volume
  • early career authors are those who completed their PhD no more than 4 years ago
  • individual authors and teams of authors are eligible
  • the nominations will be shortlisted and selected by the co-editors
  • metrics on downloads and citations are used as part of the selection
  • a short written summary statement is published on the rationale for the selection

 

About the Prizes

Thanks to the initiative of Bleddyn Davies and Ken Young in the early 1970s, we celebrated 40 years of the journal in 2012 and we are delighted to name two annual prizes after them in recognition of their innovative ideas and determination to put interdisciplinary analysis of and for policy firmly on the academic map in the UK and beyond.

The first issue of Policy & Politics, published by Macmillan, appeared in September 1972, with Bleddyn Davies (LSE) as founding editor and Ken Young (also at the LSE) as Associate Editor. Both had been heavily involved in the deliberations about the launch of a new journal which initially focused on local government "whilst drawing on a variety of disciplines and approaches". By September 1974 (Vol.3, No.1), publication had moved to Sage, its scope and coverage had been broadened in the sphere of public policymaking and Bleddyn and Ken became joint editors, both having moved to the University of Kent at Canterbury. The next change occurred with the January 1979 issue (Vol.7, No.1) as a result of the move by Ken to the University of Bristol, bringing the journal with him to be published by the then School for Advanced Urban Studies (SAUS). Bleddyn became a member of the Editorial Board and Ken was the Managing Editor of the journal until he handed on to Michael Hill in January 1980 (Vol.8, No,1). The journal continued to be published by SAUS until the School merged with the School of Applied Social Studies (SASS) in 1995 to form the School for Policy Studies, after which the newly created Bristol University based publisher, The Policy Press, took over the production of Policy & Politics.