The winners of the 2012 Hans Daalder prize were Katrin Schermann and Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik, for their paper ‘Linking Election Pledges to Policy Outcome – The Austrian Case’.. The committee would like to point out that the paper is well constructed and laudably well focused. While the paper could be improved in terms of theory, it outlines relevant hypotheses and attempts are made to test the hypotheses empirically. The methodology of the paper is well elaborated and easy to replicate. The authors succeed in showing, within the limits of their approach of course, that in certain institutional conditions the likelihood of pledge fulfilment increases.
Katrin Schermann works at the Department of Government at the University of Vienna. She is a researcher within the team of the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES). In 2010, she also joined the project Political Economy of Reforms (SFB 884) at the University of Mannheim (Germany). Currently, she is writing her PhD thesis on the topic of party pledge fulfilment in Austria. Her research interests include coalition politics, party competition, and the political process of reform-making.
Laurenz Ennser-Jedenastik is a researcher at the Austrian National Election Study (AUTNES) at the University of Vienna’s Department of Government. His research focuses on parties, party competition, coalition politics, political appointments, and patronage. His publications include articles in Governance, West European Politics, Party Politics, Political Studies, The Journal of Legislative Studies, and Local Government Studies.