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Warwick academic awarded Bernard Crick Prize for best essay

Economic sociologist Will Davies, from the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick, has been awarded the Political Quarterly Bernard Crick Prize for best essay.

His winning essay, entitled The Emerging Neocommunitarianism,’ was published in the Political Quarterly in November 2012.

The prestigious prize will be awarded tonight (15th) at the George Orwell Prize event in Westminster, London. Previous winners include Francesca Klug, Norman Birnbaum and David Runciman.

Assistant Professor Will Davies’ essay discusses the financial crisis which began in 2007 and interprets the policy responses to tackle the crisis. It suggests that a new form of governance is emerging, aimed at altering the social and psychological elements of the economy. Basic principles of economics - and of 'neoliberalism' - are therefore thrown into question.

Political Quarterly was founded in 1930, to bridge between ideas and politics, aiming to provide "analysis, insight and informed opinion on politics and public policy in the UK and globally... its hallmark is the use of plain English, avoiding academic and technical jargon."

There will be three other prizes awarded at the George Orwell Prize event for Book, Journalism and Blog. The shortlist for these prizes includes Andrew Williams from the University of Warwick’s law department and his book, A Very British Killing: The Death of Baha Mousa.

You can view Will Davies’ paper here

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