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Jay Krehbiel's impressive article wins our 2022 Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize

We extend our warmest congratulations to Jay Krehbiel of West Virginia University on being awarded the 2022 Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize for his article 'The politics of panel systems: Political insurance and the organization of high courts', published in EPS Volume 21.

Awarded annually since 2015 in partnership with Palgrave Macmillan, our Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize celebrates remarkable contributions to political science, in particular the articles that enhance our comprehension of emerging trends in political science or innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the profession.

In his winning article, author Jay Krehbiel explores the impact of political insurance theory on high court organisations, using original data to examine the relationship between political competition and panel system usage.

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About our winner

Jay Krehbiel, Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University, researches comparative democratic institutions with a particular interest in the role and functioning of high courts in modern liberal democracy. His work has examined various facets of judicial politics, including the design and organisation of courts, the strategic use of judicial procedures, and the nature and consequences of public support for legal institutions and norms.

In addition to his piece in EPS, Jay's research has appeared in a number of outlets, including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and the Journal of Law and Courts. He is also the co-author (with Michael Nelson and Amanda Driscoll) of the forthcoming book Public Support for the Rule of Law: Personal Convictions and Institutional Constraints (Cambridge University Press). Jay has contributed to several political science blogs, including the ECPR’s The Loop with his piece Coronavirus fatigue is the biggest threat to Germany’s success story in this pandemic.


In his own words

I am greatly honoured to have my piece selected for the Jacqui Briggs EPS Prize. I was ecstatic when the article was accepted at EPS, so to have it recognized for this prestigious award is deeply humbling.

Jay Krehbiel, West Virginia University

From our jury

'This ambitious article uses an original cross-national data set to test novel propositions about how political circumstances shape the institutional roles and functioning of high courts. The research design is well-constructed, and the presentation of data and methods is a model of clarity. The findings make an important contribution to the field of comparative judicial politics'.

The jury for the 2022 prize consisted of:

Honourable mention

Our jury is also pleased to award an honourable mention to Measuring legislative stability: a new approach with data from Hungary by Miklós Sebők, Bálint György Kubik, Csaba Molnár, István Péter Járay and Anna Székely. The article, which is available in Open Access, presents a novel measure of legislative output stability and examines its reliability and usefulness by analyzing legislative activity in Hungary over time.

Our jury finds the claim of its usefulness for other researchers is particularly credible since it builds on established categories from the Comparative Agendas Project and focuses on highly observable aspects of legislative business.


Keywords: Democracy, Courts, Judicialisation

09 June 2023
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