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Prizes



 

The Ken Young Best Paper Prize

The Bleddyn Davies Early Career Prize

2018

Selen Ercan, Carolyn Hendriks and John Boswell

Studying public deliberation after the systemic turn: the crucial role for interpretive research

Rikki John Dean

Beyond radicalism and resignation: the competing logics for public participation in policy decisions.

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 2019 Winners

The Bleddyn Davies Best Early Career prize has been awarded to: Madeleine Pill and Valeria Guarneros-Meza for their article on Local governance under austerity: hybrid organisations and hybrid officers  

In this excellent paper, Madeleine Pill & Valeria Guarneros-Meza explore what austerity means for participation in city governance.  

The optimistic view is that making governance more participatory can help overcome the hurdles of bureaucracy, with government ceding control to enable capacity to address complex problems.  The pessimistic view is that city governance remains dominated by state elites, with third sector and community partners co-opted to compensate for the decline in state provision, compromising their ability to advocate to ensure that communities get decent services.  In their case study of Cardiff, Wales, they uncovered attitudes and practices somewhere in between these two views. 

They found that austerity had accelerated the city council’s use of its governance structure to share the risk and responsibility of service delivery with other public and third sector community organisations.  Communities were certainly having to take more responsibility for delivering their own (formerly public) services. However, they found that community-based organisations had some room for manoeuvre in developing forms of co-production that were innovative and maintained their community-focused mission, as well as responding to the strictures of funding cuts.   

Their research showed how ‘devolution, decentralisation and downloading’ of ‘austerity urbanism’ (Peck,2012) encouraged hybridity at a scalar, organisational and individual level. It demonstrated the potential for transformative alternatives in the everyday and the small-scale – highlighting the need for state support rather than constraints in these processes.    

This is an excellent article from a worthy winner of this year’s Early Career prize. 

The Ken Young Best Paper prize has been awarded to: Christopher M. Weible & Paul Cairney for their article on Practical Lessons from Policy Theories  

In the excellent introductory article to their special issue on Practical Lessons from Policy Theories, Christopher M. Weible & Paul Cairney seek to challenge public policy scholars to adopt a new and more scientific approach to communicating new research-based knowledge on public policy. Their challenge behoves scholars to ensure a common understanding of the existing body of knowledge to date, and to clarify how new and future research fits with this knowledge. They task scholars with communicating new research-based knowledge far more widely than is currently the practice, to ensure that its meaning and benefits extend as broadly as possible, and certainly beyond the Academy. 

Their new agenda, they suggest, will require scholars to think differently and to communicate their ideas differently from the current customary output formats which are often restrictive and narrow, involving jargon-filled expositions of their ideas, without clear meaning. They take on their own challenge in the rest of their special issue where they synthesise and communicate state of the art knowledge for eight of the most popular frameworks used in the pursuit of new knowledges about public policy, inviting scholars to join the debate. 

Policy & Politics seeks to publish work that combines both scientific excellence with the principle of ‘engaged scholarship’. This article is a great example of that. It makes a clear contribution to the academic debate, while also providing insights and lessons of practical value to policy makers and practitioners. 

 
Congratulations to Madeleine Pill, Valeria Guarneros-Meza, Christopher M. Weible and Paul Cairney for their well-deserved awards. 


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.