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The Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prizes 2019

Taylor & Francis and the Editors of West European Politics are pleased to announce the winners of the Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prizes for articles appearing during 2019, Volume 42. The Prizes were first established by Mr. Frank Cass and the Editors in 2000 as a lasting tribute to Vincent Wright, both for his scholarship and as editor of West European Politics over many years. Following the death of Gordon Smith, who had co-founded the journal and served as co-editor until his death in late 2009, the decision was taken to rename the Prizes.

The value of each Prize is £250. All full-length articles in the relevant volume are eligible. Any of the major areas of comparative European politics, government and public policy, including the analysis of single countries from a comparative perspective, are considered. Both Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright especially encouraged the work of younger scholars who had not previously published. Accordingly, in making the award of one of the Prizes, preference may be given to articles written by early-career academics.

The two articles below have been judged by members of the Editorial Board and the Editors as making a significant contribution to the study of comparative European politics.

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The Gordon Smith and Vincent Wright Memorial Prizes 2019

Winner(s)Article TitleVolume and Issue
Monica Ferrín, Marta Fraile, & Gema M. García-AlbaceteAdult roles and the gender gap in political knowledge: a comparative studyVolume 42, Issue 7
Zack P. Grant & James TilleyFertile soil: explaining variation in the success of Green partiesVolume 42, Issue 3

The Ferrín, Fraile & García-Albacete article is free to access until 31 December 2020. The Grant & Tilley article is open access.

2018 Winners

Winner(s)Article TitleVolume and Issue
Denise Traber, Nathalie Giger and Silja HäusermannHow economic crises affect political representation: declining party‒voter congruence in times of constrained government
Volume 41, Issue 5
Svenja KraussStability through control? The influence of coalition agreements on the stability of coalition cabinetsVolume 41, Issue 6