Friday, 27 May 2016

Bernard Crick Prize for Best Piece 2015. The winners are...


The Political Quarterly is delighted to announce Dave Richards from the University of Manchester and Martin Smith from the University of York as worthy winners of the Bernard Crick Prize for Best Piece 2015. The winning article is entitled ‘In Defence of British Politics Against the British Political Tradition’ (86, 1: 41-51)

The criteria from the judges were as followed:


  • The Orwell test: Was the article written in good, clear English?
  • The scholarship test: Was its knowledge base sound and well grounded?
  • The Alzheimer test: Could I remember its contents clearly several days after reading it?
  • The durability test: Is it likely to be read some years later, or was it just good current comment?
  • The originality test: Did it have something distinctly new to say?

All of these criteria were fulfilled and the prize was given at the Orwell Prize Awards by co-editor Deborah Mabbett on 26 May at the University of Westminster. You can read the winning article here.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016


Breaking the Constitutional Silence
Michael Moran

For some time I have been working with colleagues in CRESC (the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change) tracking the consequences of the great privatisation and deregulation revolution to which the British economy has been subjected in recent decades.Read the full blog here.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Up for grabs? Key issues in the negotiations about Britain’s membership of the EU

In the run-up to the referendum, the London School of Economics and Political Science arranged a series of expert hearings on the future of Britain in Europe. The first four hearings dealt with policy issues that we considered to be important: migration, employment regulation, financial integration, and finally higher education and research. Read Waltraud Schelkle's special issue on the EU with articles by Waltraud Schelkle; Eiko Thielemann and Daniel Schade; Steve Coulter and Bob Hancké; and Anne Corbett.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Citizens, customers, politicians, professionals and money men

The Political Quarterly Annual Lecture given by Colin Crouch on 19 January 2016 at the Institute for Government.
Two disturbing stories in late 2015 - the Volkswagen emissions testing scandal and the news that some NHS trusts had been giving general practitioners financial incentives not to send patients to hospitals for tests - seemed to come from quite different parts of the human capacity for wickedness. But both are products of the same neoliberal insistence that financial knowledge should trump all other kinds. You can see the lecture in full here.


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Special Issues Proposals

Deadlines: 31 March and 31 August
Political Quarterly welcomes proposals for special issues and special sections of the journal, and for events which promote the journal and publicise recent or forthcoming articles. PQ aims to promote debate and publish articles on issues of politics and public policy that are authoritative, informed by expertise and academic insight, challenging, intellectually demanding and innovative. Proposals should indicate how they will conform to these aims.
Funding is available for workshops, seminars and small conferences related to special issues and sections. Amounts between £500 and £3000 may be applied for, to cover travel costs, room bookings and hospitality, and speaker honoraria. Applicants should note that fees of £200-£400 are also paid to authors of accepted articles and editors of special issues.
Read more here.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

PQ's new co-editor

After many capable and successful years of Tony Wright at the PQ helm, Tony has left his role as co-editor for pastures new and we wish him well for his "retirement".

We are delighted to welcome Ben Jackson as new co-editor. Ben will be working with Deborah Mabbett and will continue the sterling work carried out by Tony, Andrew Gamble and Michael Jacobs.

Ben is Associate Professor of Modern History at Oxford University and a Fellow of University College. He is a historian of modern Britain, with particular interests in labour history, political thought, and the history of social and economic policy. He is the author of Equality and the British Left (Manchester, 2007) and co-editor of Making Thatcher's Britain (Cambridge, 2012). His current research focuses on the rise of the neo-liberal right and Thatcherism; on the political thought of British socialism and liberalism; and on the history and politics of Scottish nationalism. Prior to becoming the Co-Editor of Political Quarterly, he was the Editor of Renewal: A Journal of Social Democracy between 2012 and 2015.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Progressive Dilemmas: A Political Quarterly and Policy Network Symposium

The success of the right in the 2015 UK General Election and the subsequent realignment of the UK Labour Party underline the need for a period of profound reflection on the purpose and electoral offer of progressive politics in the 21st century.
This event will offer a key platform for political and academic reflection on the challenges a centre-left politics faces in Britain. Topics and areas covered will include: changing values, societal trends and political fragmentation; territorial diversities and changing electoral geography; what it means to be ‘progressive’ in a 21st century open, global world; and prospects for new political alliances and realignments. For a full speakers' list and to read more about the symposium see here.