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The Political Economy and Welfare Research Network is delighted to announce the winner of this year's annual prize for the best paper presented by a network member in a network sponsored panel at the 2016 CES Conference in Philadelphia.
The Prize Committee of the CES Research Network on Political Economy and Welfare has decided to award this year’s best paper prize to "Politics, Markets and Top Income Shares", written Evelyne Huber, Jingjing Huo, and John D. Stephens.
The award committee found the paper to be an important contribution to debates about inequality in post-industrial democracies. Employing data from the World Wealth and Income Database, it identifies the political, institutional and economic deteminants of the top income share, the income share of the top 1 percent in particular. The core finding of the paper is that political factors, in particular union density, secular-right governments and private investment in education, matter more than socio-economic factors. All in all, the paper is an impressive example of what social science work should be about: analysing a problem of societal relevance with the help of a well-developed theory and a sound empirical analysis. We congratulate Evelyne, JingJing, and John on this achievement!
The Prize Committee has also decided to give an honorable mention to "Imagine All the People: Literature, Society and Cross-National Variation in Education Systems" by Cathie Jo Martin, Professor of Political Science at Boston University and former chair of CES.
Cathie Jo Martin’s paper represents a novel approach to the study of the historical development of education system. Integrating literature studies with the comparative analysis of welfare states, she analyzes depictions of young adults in British and Danish novels over a long period of time and argues that these literary contributions can approximate the influence of culture on policy development. She identifies crucial differences between individualistic Britain and collectivist Denmark in these novels, which may contribute to understanding why these countries have pursued very different approaches in educational and welfare state reform. Martin’s work is an excellent example of interdisciplinary cooperation and communication between the social sciences and the humanities, a core objective of the Council for European Studies. Congratulations to Cathie!
The prize-winning paper and honourable mention will be announced formally at the network’s meeting during next year's CES conference in Glasgow, July 12-14, 2017.