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Miller and Whitford win Levine Prize

Each year, the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on the Structure of Governance sponsors the Levine Prize. It is named in honour of Charles H. Levine, who was a distinguished member of the Research Committee and served on the editorial board of its official journal, Governance. The prize is awarded on the recommendation of a distinguished committee. This year’s committee was composed of Professors Tobias Bach (University of Oslo), Caspar van den Berg (Leiden University), and Ting Gong (City University of Hong Kong).

9781107008755The Award Committee has selected Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment by Gary J. Miller and Andrew B. Whitford as the 2017 recipient of the Levine Award. This interesting book turns much of the conventional wisdom about opportunistic and self-interested bureaucrats as the main problem of democratic governance upside down. Through a series of insightful vignettes and case studies, the authors powerfully argue that the moral hazard faced by politicians is a more serious problem than the proverbial runaway bureaucracy. They emphasize the benefits of a professionalized bureaucracy as a key element of checks and balances in the US system of separated powers and highlight the problematic effects of politicization on policy effectiveness. Written in an accessible style, the book will be useful as a reading for courses in different fields. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 12, 2017 at 11:30 am

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Call for nominations: 2017 Levine Book Prize

The Levine Book Prize Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Levine Prize.  More details here.  The committee is composed of Professor Tobias Bach (University of Oslo), Professor Caspar van den Berg (Leiden University), and Professor Ting Gong (City University of Hong Kong).   Information about previous winners is available here.

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November 20, 2016 at 7:52 pm

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Call for nominations: 2017 Levine Book Prize

The Levine Book Prize Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 Levine Prize.  More details here.  The committee is composed of Professor Tobias Bach (University of Oslo), Professor Caspar van den Berg (Leiden University), and Professor Ting Gong (City University of Hong Kong).   Information about previous winners is available here.

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August 10, 2016 at 10:59 am

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Hadden wins Levine Book Prize

The Levine Book Prize for books published in 2015 has been awarded to Jennifer Hadden for her book Networks in Contention: The Divisive Politics of Climate Change.  The prize committee says that the book “makes a contribution of great academic and policy significance” about civil society organizations’ choice of mobilization strategies on climate change.  Read more about the committee’s decision.  Hadden is an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland.

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August 2, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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Levine Book Prize 2016: Call for nominations

Nominations for the 2016 Levine Book Prize are now being sought.  More information on the prize committee and how to nominate a book here.    You can see more information about previous winners on our Levine Book Prize page.

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February 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

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Green wins Levine Book Prize

Professor Jessica Green of New York University has won the 2015 Levine Book Prize for Rethinking Private Authority: Agents and Entrepreneurs in Global Environmental Governance, published by Princeton University Press. The prize committee says “This fascinating book is a decisive contribution to the governance debate as it investigates the emergence, growth, and influence of private actors in global environmental and climate governance.” Read more about the Levine Prize.

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July 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Call for nominations: 2015 Levine Prize

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March 14, 2015 at 9:04 am

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Adolph receives Levine Prize

The 2014 Levine Book Prize has been awarded to Christopher Adolph of the University of Washington for his book Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics (Cambridge University Press).  The prize committee was composed of Professors Agnes Batory (Central European University; Chair), Luc Juillet (University of Ottawa) and Julia Fleischer (University of Amsterdam).  The committee says that Adolph’s book “raises important questions about the assumed all-importance of central bank independence and provides a fascinating insight into the ways the professional background of key officials shapes monetary policy.”  Read more.

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July 15, 2014 at 6:19 am

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Call for nominations: 2014 Levine Prize

Governance invites nominations for the 2014 Levine Book Prize.  Nominations should be made by 31 March 2014.  Please send a copy of the book to all three members of the committee.  The winner will be announced in the October 2014 issue of GovernanceLearn more about the Prize, and obtain addresses for the 2014 Prize Committee members.

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October 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

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2013 Levine Prize announced

VogelJuly 17, 2013 — The Levine Prize for books published in 2012 has been awarded to The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States (Princeton University Press, 2012), by David Vogel Vogel is a professor in Political Science and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

This year’s prize committee was composed of Professors Daniel Béland (University of Saskatchewan, Chair), Agnes Batory (Central European University), and Sung Deuk Hahm (Korea University).

The committee says: “In recent decades, the politics of risk regulation has played a growing role all round the world. In his carefully crafted and compelling book The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States (Princeton University Press, 2012), David Vogel explores the changing transatlantic policy divergence in risk regulation. Dealing with an impressive number of issues, ranging from food safety and agriculture to air pollution, consumer safety and chemicals and hazardous substances, this well-written and policy-relevant book formulates an original framework to explain the regulatory and perception gap between Europe and United States.

“This historically-minded book also covers more than a half century of policy development, from the late 1950s to the present, a period during which the United States lost its status of regulatory leader at the expense of the European Union, where the precautionary principle has become prevalent. This is a convincing and illuminating book on a broad topic that students of risk regulation, environmental policy, and comparative public policy should find most helpful. The Award Committee is pleased to select this excellent book as the 2013 recipient of the Levine Award.”

BusellThe prize committee also gives special recognition to Corruption and Reform in India: Public Services in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press, 2012), by Jennifer Bussell.  Bussell is an assistant professor in Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

The committee says: “This book masterfully draws on both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the implementation of state-level, IT-based service centers in India. The book convincingly shows how the nature of corruption in each Indian state interacts with political patterns to produce particular policy outcomes.  It is a must-read for students of corruption.”

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July 17, 2013 at 1:00 am

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