The Jury for the 2013 ECPR Lifetime Achievement Award met in March 2013 during the Joint Sessions of Workshops in Mainz, Germany, and awarded the 2013 prize to Professor Ian Budge of the University of Essex, who has enjoyed an outstanding political science career.
Over the past four decades, Professor Budge has achieved significant qualitative and quantitative research impact, and has published a number of leading research monographs, notably
- Agreement and the Stability of Democracy (Markham, 1970)
- Ideology, Strategy and Party Movements (CUP, 1987; with D Robertson and D Hearle)
- Parties, Policies and Democracy (Westview, 1994; with H-D Klingemann, R Hofferbert, K Strøm, H Keman and F Pétry)
- Mapping Policy Preferences, Estimates for Parties, Governments and Electors 1945?1998 (OUP, 2001; winner APSA Comparative Data Set Prize 2002)
- Mapping Policy Preferences II: Estimates for Parties, Government and Electors in the OECD, EU and Central Eastern Europe 1990?2003 (OUP, 2006; with H-D Klingemann, A Volkens, J Bara and M McDonald)
He was a founding member of the Manifesto Research Group, which became the source of major monographs and an award-winning data set, and influenced the work of a wide range of political science scholars.
Professor Budge played an important role in strengthening the field of European political science through his involvement in the ECPR, in particular as Executive Director between 1979 and 1983, and through his important contribution to the training of young political scientists, as Director of the Summer Schools in Social Science Data Analysis.
Throughout his teaching career, Professor Budge proved himself deeply committed to the development of comparative politics, as Chair at the European University Institute in Florence, and at his home institution, the University of Essex, where he has been Chair of Department, Director of Graduate Studies and principal advisor to PhD students.
The jury for the Lifetime Achievement Award concluded that Professor Budge has made an exceptional contribution to European political science over several decades through international research projects, monographs and scholarly production, and institutional service to the development and growth of the discipline.
The award was made at the ECPR’s General Conference in Glasgow, 26-29 August 2014.
ECPR offers Ian Budge its warmest congratulations on a splendid and well deserved achievement!