Local Government Studies Prizes
Local Government Studies
About the prize
Local Government Studies awards two prizes every year, the John Stewart Prize for Best Article and the George Jones Prize (Early Stage Career Researcher).
The names of the two prizes were chosen to remind today’s local government scholars of two of the subject’s pioneers: Professor John Stewart of the University of Birmingham and Professor George Jones of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The John Stewart Prize and George Jones Prize prize are awarded annually following a rigorous process of review by members of the Local Government Studies editorial board. The judges were Dr Peter Eckersley of Nottingham Trent University; Professor Steve Leach of De Montfort University; and Professor Catherine Farrell of Cardiff University.
John Stewart Prize: The judges very much liked Fitzgerald’s approach to understanding resilience and how the ‘great survivor’ thesis of English local government may gloss over how councils have deflected (rather than absorbed) some of the impact of austerity. Her focus on how a number of small charities in deprived areas of London are affected by funding cuts means that the article addresses a substantive and topical issue in a novel way and has relevance both within and outside the academy.
George Jones Prize: The judges were very impressed with the authors’ use of the case study approach and the focus on grass roots democracy and the role of women. It was also refreshing to come across a study of these developments in an under-researched part of the world, and fascinating to see how local governance institutions emerge and develop in ‘greenfield’ contexts.
These two 2019 award winning papers have been made free to access until the end of 2020
The John Stewart Prize for Best Article
|2019||Amanda Fitzgerald||Querying the resilient local authority: the question of ‘resilience for whom?’||44||6|
|2018||Alex Lord, Michael Mair, John Sturzaker & Paul Jones||‘The planners’ dream goes wrong?’ Questioning citizen-centred planning||43||3|
|2017||Deborah Platts-Fowler & David Robinson||Community resilience: a policy tool for local government?||42||5|
|2016||Paul Bunyan||Regenerating the city: people, politics, power and the public sphere||41||3|
|2015||Pawel Swianiewicz||An Empirical Typology of Local Government Systems in Eastern Europe||40||2|
|2014||Eoin Reeves||The Not So Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Over Twelve Years of PPP in Ireland||39||3|
George Jones Prize (Early Stage Career Researcher)
|2019||Nathalie Colasanti, Rocco Frondizi, Joyce Liddle & Marco Meneguzzo||Grassroots democracy and local government in Northern Syria: the case of democratic confederalism||44||6|
|2018||Alison Gardner||Big change, little change? Punctuation, increments and multi-layer institutional change for English local authorities under austerity||43||2|
|2017||Steve Rolfe||Divergence in Community Participation Policy: Analysing Localism and Community Empowerment Using a Theory of Change Approach||42||1|
|2016||Jens Nilsson||Local Political Decision-Making: A Case of Rationality or Appropriateness?||41||6|