The 2018 Jean Blondel PhD Prize for the best thesis in politics has been awarded to Lauren Tooker (University of Warwick & Université libre de Bruxelles) for her thesis Ordinary Democracy: Reading Resistances to Debt after the Global Financial Crisis with Stanley Cavell’s Ordinary Language Philosophy
Lauren’s thesis, accomplished as part of an Erasmus Mundus funded Joint PhD programme, examines resistances to debt in the aftermath of the global financial crisis in the UK the US, developing a novel account of democratic subjectivity in the context of International Political Economy. To do so, Lauren applies Stanley Cavell’s ordinary language philosophy.
With this theoretical approach, the thesis shows how 'ordinary democratic subjects' are opposing debt-based economic citizenship in the UK and the US. The study's central argument is that debt’s 'ordinary democrats' are reconstructing debt relations as a site of democratic selfhood and community in finance, thus representing important practices of civic freedom.
From our prize jury
'Lauren’s thesis is not only innovative and theoretically inspiring – it is a thesis with a heart.'
Lauren Tooker will receive her award during the Joint Sessions of Workshops at Université catholique de Louvain, Mons, in April 2019.
The 2018 shortlist also comprised:
Kristina Bakkær, Simonsen Aarhus University, Do They Belong? Host National Boundary Drawing and Immigrants’ Identificational Integration
Tim Micker, Universiteit Leiden, Parliamentary Committees in a Party-Centred Context – Structure, Composition, Functioning
Macarena Ares-Abalde, European University Institute, A New Working Class? A Cross-National and Longitudinal Approach to Class Voting in Post-Industrial Societies
Trineke Palm Vrije, Universiteit Amsterdam, Normative Power and Military Means: The Evolving Character of the EU’s International Power