Welcome Address, Prize Giving and Stein Rokkan Lecture
Date Wednesday 26 April
Location Lecture Theatre B52, Business School South, Jubilee Campus
By Todd Landman
Todd Landman is a Professor of Political Science and Pro Vice Chancellor of the Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. He researches, teaches, and publishes on significant problems and methods associated with development, democracy and human rights. Before coming to Nottingham in 2015, he was at the University of Essex, where he was the Deputy Director (1999-2003) and Co-Director (2003-2005) of the Human Rights Centre, Director of the Centre for Democratic Governance (2006-2010), Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution (2010-2013), and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (2013-2015).
Professor Landman's publications include research monographs, textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, review articles, book reviews, working papers, conference papers, reports and ‘knowledge products’ for the wider policy community. He has taught on a variety of training and capacity building activities throughout the world and engaged in a large number of consultancy projects on the measurement and analysis of human rights and monitoring, evaluation, and impact assessment of human rights projects and human rights organisations.
Awarding of 2016 Jean Blondel PhD, Hans Daalder and Rudolf Wildenmann Prizes
The 2016 Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics will be awarded to Philipp Köker for his thesis: ‘Veto et Peto: Patterns of Presidential Activism in Central and Eastern Europe’. To read more about Dr Köker's thesis, the Blondel Prize and past recipients, see the Prizes pages.
The 2016 Hans Daalder Prize for the best Paper at the Graduate Student Conference will also be awarded during the Joint Sessions. We will announce the winner as soon as it is known. To read more about the Daalder Prize and past recipients, see the Prizes pages.
The 2016 Wildenmann Prize for the best Paper at the 2016 Joint Sessions of Workshops in Pisa will also be awarded during this event. This will also be announced as soon as it is known. To read more about the Wildenmann Prize and past recipients, see the Prizes pages.
Stein Rokkan Lecture
By Margaret Levi, Stanford University
Limits on Legitimacy
Research on the virtuous circle of governance suggests that the minimal requirement of legitimacy is the provision of services that constituents value. Whether the provider is an established state or a non-state group, sustained legitimacy requires service providers to be credible in their promises over time; to be relatively fair, even-handed, and efficient; and to have a reasonable claim to exercise authority over the population. If the provider of services is also extracting resources, there must be means to discourage free riding. Full-blown states have all these capacities, and to the extent these capacities decline so does their legitimacy. But what kinds of resources do non- or partial- states have? Equally important is the question of what kind of legitimacy they need and for what purposes. State legitimacy enables a government to stay in power without resort to constant force. What does the more limited legitimacy of non-state actors facilitate?
Margaret Levi is the Sara Miller McCune Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, and Jere L. Bacharach Professor Emerita of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in 2002, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2015. She served as president of the American Political Science Association from 2004 to 2005. In 2014 she received the William H. Riker Prize in Political Science. She earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College in 1968 and her PhD from Harvard University in 1974, the year she joined the faculty of the University of Washington. She has been a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She held the Chair in Politics, United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, 2009-13 and is currently an Affiliate Professor there. At the University of Washington she was director of the CHAOS (Comparative Historical Analysis of Organizations and States) Center and formerly the Harry Bridges Chair and Director of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.
Professor Levi is the author or coauthor of numerous articles and seven books, including Of Rule and Revenue (University of California Press, 1988); Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism (Cambridge University Press, 1997); Analytic Narratives (Princeton University Press, 1998); and Cooperation Without Trust? (Russell Sage, 2005). In the Interest of Others (Princeton, 2013), co-authored with John Ahlquist, explores how organizations provoke member willingness to act beyond material interest. In other work, she investigates the conditions under which people come to believe their governments are legitimate and the consequences of those beliefs for compliance, consent, and the rule of law. Her research continues to focus on how to improve the quality of government. She is also committed to understanding and improving supply chains so that the goods we consume are produced in a manner that sustains both the workers and the environment. In 2015 she published the co-authored Labor Standards in International Supply Chains (Edward Elgar).
Professor Levi was general editor of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics and is co-general editor of the Annual Review of Political Science. Levi serves on the boards of the: Social Science Research Council (SSRC); Center for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (CEACS) in Madrid; Scholar and Research Group of the World Justice Project, and the Berggruen Institute.