Tony Travers and Professor Anne Phillips (pictured) have both been honoured at this year's Political Studies Association (PSA) Awards. Tony Travers won the political studies communications award for his outstanding commentary on the London mayoral election, while Professor Phillips was given a special recognition award for her groundbreaking work in multicultural and gender politics.
This year's results were derived from nominations received by the PSA's 1750 politics professors, lecturers and researchers, with the final decisions being made by a seven person judging panel.
In making the awards, the judges noted:
'Tony Travers (pictured) is one of the leading authorities on central-local relations, political decentralisation and local government. Academic distinction has been complemented by a major input to British political life through his advice to national government and contribution to good governance in London. The award for political communication is merited due to the way in which academic knowledge, perceptive judgement and first-rate broadcasting skills were married in a series of shrewd and incisive judgements and commentaries on the London mayoral election.'
'Professor Anne Phillips is the most important figure in feminist political theory, evidenced by a range of important publications. From Hidden Hands: women and economic policies in 1983 to more recent publications such as Which Equalities Matter? and Multiculturalism without Culture, Anne Phillips has offered cogent challenges to existing assumptions in respect of liberal democracy, sexual equality and cultural status. The quality of her academic contributions has impacted upon debates within British political life and well beyond.'
Other winners include: Oxford's Professor Vernon Bogdanor, University of Hull's Professor Lord Norton, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Liberal Democrat shadow chancellor Vince Cable, Labour MP Frank Field, and Her Majesty's chief inspector of prisons Anne Owers.
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26 November 2008