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LSE academics honoured by the Political Studies Association

Two academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Professor Patrick Dunleavy and Dr Jean-Paul Faguet, have been honoured for their work in political science at the Political Studies Association (PSA) annual awards ceremony.

Patrick DunleavyProfessor Patrick Dunleavy, Chair of the LSE Public Policy Group, was selected for a PSA Special Recognition Award due to his unrelenting commitment to stressing the relevance of political science to real world politics. An advocate of greater academic engagement in public life and proponent of the power of new media, Professor Dunleavy was the leading force behind the creation of the LSE British Politics and Policy and the European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blogs, which are among the most widely read blogs in political science.

The awards jury said: “Patrick Dunleavy has an outstanding publications record across a diverse range of political science and his commitment to dissemination of his findings has ensured that they have a genuine impact on public life.”

Professor Patrick Dunleavy said: "I'm most grateful to the PSA for this award - yet I feel that it really reflects the achievements of the LSE Public Policy Group staff as a whole. Creating LSE's successful School-wide blogs has been a huge collective effort. And a lot of modern research requires large teams. I'd like to thank all my PPG colleagues for their great work".

Jean-Paul_FaguetDr Jean-Paul Faguet, Reader in the Political Economy of Development, received the WJM Mackenzie Book Prize for his publication Decentralization and Popular Democracy: governance from below in Bolivia.

Decentralization and Popular Democracy uses the case of Bolivia to identify the factors that determine the outcomes of national decentralization on the local level. The book was a unanimous choice for the jury of distinguished academics and journalists, who commented: “The book is an outstanding and exemplary piece of research that teaches us how properly devolving power and money leads local government to be more responsive to local interests. The book makes both a major theoretical contribution regarding the impacts of federalism and decentralisation and conducts a thorough evaluation of a major programme of decentralisation in Bolivia.”

Dr Faguet said: ““I am greatly honoured by this award, and also completely surprised. Past winners are an incredibly impressive list, but had not previously included an international development book so I feel very fortunate indeed.”

Both awards were presented at the PSA’s annual awards ceremony hosted by Michael Crick of Channel 4 News on Tuesday 26 November.


Wednesday 27 November 2013