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Brian Barry Prize in Political Science

The Brian Barry Prize, worth £500, is awarded annually for excellence in political science, with the winning essay published in the British Journal of Political Science.

The Brian Barry Prize, worth £500, is awarded annually for excellence in political science, with the winning essay published in the British Journal of Political Science.

The Prize is made in partnership with Cambridge University Press and the British Journal of Political Science in honour of Brian Barry, a distinguished Fellow of the Academy and founding editor of the Journal. The prize was first awarded in 2014.

Professor Brian Barry FBA (1936-2009) was a distinguished moral and political philosopher, widely credited with having fruitfully brought together analytic philosophy and political science, political theory and social choice theory. In 1988 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy, to which he gave valuable service.


Eligible submissions must be an essay that has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The essay can address any topic in political science, as covered by the British Journal of Political Science, but essays in fields related to the work of Brian Barry will be especially welcome. Essays may be submitted by anyone in possession of a first degree. Entries should be up to 8,000 to 10,000 words, with an abstract of no more than 100 words.

How to submit

Nominations for Brian Barry Prize are currently closed. Nominations will open again in January 2021.

2019 Winner

Prize winnerAndre Santos Campos for his essay Representing the Future: The Interests of Future Persons in Representative Democracy.

Andre is a Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Nova University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Lisbon (2009). His research interests lie in the intersection of political theory, jurisprudence and intellectual history. He is a member of the Nova Institute of Philosophy (Ifilnova), at the Nova School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

"I am both delighted and honoured to be this year's recipient of the Brian Barry Prize in Political Science. Professor Brian Barry was one of the first major political theorists to bring attention to the challenges posed by intergenerational justice to contemporary liberal democracies, especially concerning the future. This is undoubtedly one of the most pressing areas of research in political studies nowadays. To be able to contribute to it with my own research while following Professor Brian Barry's footsteps is a privilege I accept as carrying great responsibility." - Andre Santos Campos, August 2019

Previous Winners

2018 Dr Zeynep Pamuk, St John's College, University of Oxford, for 'Justifying Public Funding for Science'

2017  Dr Jonathan White, London School of Economics and Political Science, for 'The Ethics of Political Alliance'

2016  Professor William Roberts Clark, Texas A&M University, Professor Matt Golder, Pennsylvania State University, and Professor Sona N. Golder, Pennsylvania State University for 'An Exit, Voice, and Loyalty Model of Politics'

2015  Dr Parashar Kulkarni, New York University, for 'Are There Cultural Prerequisites to Effective Property Rights?: Evidence from Inheritance Rights of Widows in Colonial India'

2014  Dr Helder De Schutter, KU Leuven, and Dr Lea Ypi, LSE, for 'Mandatory Citizenship for Immigrants'