Accolade for the best in political studies
The Political Studies Association and the British Academy today awards the Lifetime Achievement in Political Studies prize to six leading political scientists at a ceremony in Westminster.
The winners are:
- Prof. Brian Barry, Affiliate Professor, University of Columbia, New York
Professor Barry is Affiliate Professor at the University of Columbia, New York. He was a Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, from 1966-69, and from 1972-1975. Having spent nine years in the USA, Professor Barry returned to Europe in 1986 in order to take up positions in the European University Institute in Florence (1986-87), and subsequently the LSE. He has published widely on both British politics and the relationship between democracy, power and justice and his work on social justice remains of primary importance in the field.
- Prof. Jean Blondel, external Professor, European Institute in Florence
Professor Blondel was born in Toulon (France) in 1929. He graduated from the Institute d'Etudes Politiques of Paris in 1953 and from St Antony's College (Oxford). He played a major role in founding the European Consortium for Political Research in 1969 and directed it for ten years. He is now external Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Foundation Professor in Government at Essex University and visiting Professor at the University of Siena. His key contributions to the study of politics has undoubtedly been his lucid and enlightening work on the mechanics of Government.
- Dr. David Butler, Emeritus Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford
Dr Butler has spent most of his career at Nuffield College, Oxford. At Oxford, he organised the inaugural PSA conference in 1950. He was Personal Assistant to the British Ambassador in Washington (1955-56). He has been co-author (mostly with Dennis Kavanagh) of possibly the most famous series of books published on contemporary politics over the last 40 years, as, with a selection of different authors, Butler has catalogued 13 British elections in his 'British General Election series'.
- Prof. Bernard Crick, Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck University, London
Professor Crick's first academic post was at Harvard, where he was a Teaching Fellow from 1952–1954. He went on Berkeley, before returning to England to take up a position at the LSE, then Sheffield and later Birkbeck College - where he is now Emeritus Professor. He has been literary editor of The Political Quarterly and Joint Chairman of the British South Africa Commission. He has also made profound contributions in the fields of political education and citizenship, including chairing the Committee on Teaching Citizenship in English Schools (1997-98).
- Prof. Stanley Hoffmann, P & C Buttenieser Professor, Harvard University, Mass.
Professor Hoffmann has taught at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris, from which he graduated, and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences. He was the Chairman of Harvard's Center for European Studies from its creation in 1969 to 1995. He bases his approach to international relations on a number of key convictions: solid historical foundation; structural factors that limit states in their manoeuvrings; the inseparability of international relations and foreign policy; the importance of domestic factors in international actions. He is currently the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard.
- Prof. Richard Rose, Professor of Politics, University of Strathclyde
Professor Rose, born in St Louis, Missouri, was educated at Johns Hopkins University, the LSE and Oxford. He became Professor of Politics at Strathclyde in 1971. Although he has remained loyal to Strathclyde for over 30 years, Professor Rose has also been associated with many other institutions e.g. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin and the Central European University in Prague. He has acted as a consultant for the OECD and the World Bank. He has been a prolific producer of books and articles, at the last count well over 400, on a wide and varied range of subjects.
Sponsored by the British Academy, this one-off prize marks the 50th anniversary of the Political Studies Association (PSA) and is awarded to living academics who have done the most to advance the study of political science over the last half-century.
Commenting on the winners, Professor Lord Smith of Clifton, Chair of the Jury, said: 'Not only have the winners advanced our understanding of politics and international relations, they have also contributed to the advancement of their fields in other ways: from helping education in schools to editing the foremost academic journals.
'It is also a delight to see how many of the winners have been attached to UK universities. British research in politics has been held in the highest esteem internationally over the last 50 years. The award reflects the achievements of the PSA, which has done much to advance learning and research in this subject. It has also had an important impact on the practice of modern government'.
The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented by Professor Sam Beer from Harvard University, Vice-President of the PSA, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy and North America's principal expert on British politics.
NOTES TO EDITORS
21 November 2000
- The Political Studies Association Golden Jubilee Awards Ceremony will be held at One Great George Street, Westminster on 21st November 2000 starting at 6.15 pm.
- The awards ceremony in London also includes prizes for politicians and journalists who have made significant contributions to politics and its study. The prizes include: Outstanding Contribution to International Politics and Civil Society; Outstanding Political Journalist; Lifetime Achievement in Politics; Outstanding Parliamentarian; Outstanding Political Journalist.
- The Political Studies Association (www.psa.ac.uk) was founded in 1950 to promote the development of political studies and to encourage education and the advancement of learning in the art and science of government and in other branches of political sciences. It has a membership of 1,100 from across the UK.
- The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is an independent learned society promoting the humanities and social sciences. It is composed of Fellows elected in recognition of their distinction as scholars in the humanities and social sciences.