Since October 2003, the ECPR has awarded an annual PhD prize for the best thesis in politics (broadly conceived to include International Relations, Political Theory and Public Administration) nominated by a full member institution that, with revision, could be published as a monograph. The €1,000 award is presented at the Joint Sessions of Workshops in the following year.
Submissions for the 2020 Prize will be welcome from 16 October 2019.
The 2020 prize Jury is yet to be confirmed. The 2019 prize Jury comprised
Petra Meier University of Antwerp (Chair)
Mary Farrell University of Plymouth
Thomas Zittel Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Daniele Caramani University of Zurich
About Jean Blondel
Jean Blondel (b. 1929) is Emeritus Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, and visiting professor at the University of Siena.
In 1964, he became a founding member of the Department of Government at the University of Essex, and five years later, a founding member of the ECPR, of which he was Director for the following ten years. He was appointed scholar of the Russell Sage Foundation in New York in 1984 before becoming professor of political science at the European University Institute in Florence from 1985 to 1994.
Blondel is particularly noted for the contributions he has made to the theory of party systems, the comparative study of cabinets, and the relations between parties and governments. His work has focused recently in a comparison of different presidential systems across the globe, with particular emphasis on Latin America, Africa and the ex-Soviet republics.