EPS Prize

2016 - Katjana Gattermann, Ariella Huff, Anna-Lena Högenauer

The Prize for the best article appearing in the previous year’s volume of our professional journal, European Political Science, has been awarded jointly to Katjana Gattermann (University of Amsterdam), Ariella Huff (House of Commons) and Anna-Lena Högenauer (University of Luxembourg).

Their prize-winning article Studying a New Phase of Europeanisation of National Parliaments was published in Volume 15 (89–107 doi:10.1057/eps.2015.56).

The award, which carries a prize fund of £500 from co-publishers Palgrave, will be presented at our General Conference in Oslo.

The Jury's task was to find a submission that 'makes a substantial contribution to the field of political science, with a special emphasis on articles that contribute to the understanding of new and innovative trends in political science or to innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the profession.'

They judged that the winning article pointed to a new trend in national parliaments in the EU, and that it argued for the need to redirect our studies of these parliaments to better capture this development.

In particular, the authors argued that a new phase of Europeanisation is evident, where parliaments are increasingly 'mainstreaming' EU affairs, blurring the traditional distinction between national and European policies.

After first demonstrating the existence of this trend, the authors argued that it should have significant implications for future research. This trend, and the discussion of how to capture it in contemporary research, is especially relevant for readers of EPS.

2015 - Alexander Schmotz

The first EPS Prize was awarded to Alexander Schmotz (Kings College London) for his article ‘Vulnerability and compensation: constructing an index of co-optation in autocratic regimes’ published in Volume 14 (439–457. doi:10.1057/eps.2015.62). The prize committee comprised Professors Drude Dahlerup (University of Stockholm, chair), James Newell (University of Salford) and Gianfranco Pasquino (University of Bologna). In their report the committee noted: ‘This article develops an innovative index of co-optation in autocratic regimes, which goes beyond the usual limited institutional focus. The author argues that co-optation is constituted by the compensation of regime vulnerability through institutional inclusion and material benefits to various pressure groups. Consequently, the index is based on indicators of vulnerability and compensation for a variety of pressure groups from military, capital and labour to parties, ethnic groups and landowners. Further, the index is tested on models of survival or breakdown of autocratic regimes. We find that this article makes an original contribution to the literature by offering a comprehensive measure of co-optation, and at the same time, the author is well aware of the limitations of the research, not least the scarcity of good indicators of compensation and vulnerability.

According to the statutes, this prize shall be given to an article that makes a substantial contribution to the field of political science. We are sure that Alexander Schmotz’ article will be frequently cited in the future. It is innovative, theoretical sound, and - very impressive.’

The article can be accessed via the EPS webpages.


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