The editors of the journal Politics are delighted to announce the winners of the Best Article Prizes for 2019. In the year of its 60th birthday, the editorial team is pleased to come together once again to congratulate and celebrate the excellence of the work of our authors.


The prize for the best article is awarded every year amongst the articles published in the volume corresponding for that year. The Jacqui Briggs Prize, previously the Politics Teaching and Learning Prize, is named after the late Professor Jacqui Briggs, who sadly passed away in 2018. Professor Briggs was a member of the editorial board of Politics, and in her role as a Trustee of the PSA with a deep commitment to promoting pedagogic work in the field of political studies helped established the prize that now bears her name.


The winner of the Jacqui Briggs Prize for the Best Article on Learning and Teaching published in Politics between 2018-2019 is:

Teaching applied politics: From employability to political imaginary by Dr Edwin Bacon (University of Lincoln).


In a statement, the editors said:


“Dr Bacon’s article proposes an interesting theoretical debate about the role of applied politics courses. The argument made by Dr Bacon is that the current move against applied politics as a neo-liberal project is unfounded. Dr Bacon also argues that the obsession with employability has created the notion that applied politics modules (i.e. those focused on skills or practical experience) are a mere reflection of neoliberal university policies. However, he contends, we can think of applied politics from a critical perspective and as a fundamental experience in the process of going through a politics degree. The author uses the notion of applied politics as vocation (Beruf) in contrast to employability, and calls for academics to engage in applied teaching as a way to prepare our students to enact real change outside the classroom.”


The shortlisted articles were:

Engaging students as co-producers: A critical reflection on the policy commission model by Prof. Alasdair Blair (De Montfort University), Prof. Steven Griggs (De Montfort University) and Dr Eleanor Mackillop (Cardiff University)

‘The message is the medium’: Evaluating the use of visual images to provoke engagement and active learning in politics and international relations lectures by Dr David Roberts (Loughborough University)


The winner of for the Politics Prize for the Best Publication in 2019 is:

Gender, gendered personality traits and radical right populist voting by Professor
Hilde Coffé (University of Bath).

In coming to their decision, the editors said:

“The role of gender has been generally overlooked in the literature on populism. Although this gap has been recently addressed by some scholars, this article is one of the earliest - and strongest - contributions to the field. Prof. Coffe analyses the personality traits of Dutch voters using longitudinal data. With that, she is able to suggest links between gendered personality traits (in particular, masculinity) and preference for radical right parties. Perhaps even more impressive, her findings defy the notion that men and women have different voting patterns when it comes to populist parties, and demonstrate that these gendered personality traits can be present in both sexes, and indeed that their effects are similar.


Methodologically, this is a very strong piece. Prof. Coffe uses longitudinal data and a questionnaire that is designed to capture these personality traits. This allows her to draw strong conclusions about the role of these personality traits on voting behaviour.”



The shortlisted articles were:

Three-ness: Healing world politics with epistemic compassion by Prof. LHM (Lily) Ling… (The New School)

Resilience in British social policy: Depoliticising risk and regulating deviance by Dr Fran Amery (University of Bath)