Brian Barry Prize in Political Science

The Brian Barry Prize, worth £1,500, is awarded annually for excellence in political science, with the winning essay published in the British Journal of Political Science.

History of the prize

The Brian Barry Prize, worth £1,500, 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 British 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.


a) Eligible submissions must be an essay that has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere

b) 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

c) Essays may be submitted by anyone in possession of a first degree

d) The prize is not open to current employees and Fellows of the British Academy, employees of Cambridge University Press, or the current Editors, Managing Editors or other administrative staff of the British Journal of Political Science

e) The Prize cannot be awarded to the same person more than once

f) Entries should be at least 8,000 and up to 10,000 words, including references, with an abstract of no more than 100 words

How to submit

Before submission please carefully read the Brian Barry Prize FAQs.

Submissions for the Brian Barry Prize are open and will be accepted from 1 December 2023 until 29 February 2024 (closing time of 17:00pm GMT). Submissions received after this date will not be considered.

Please submit your anonymised essay as a PDF via email to [email protected]

In the body of the email, clearly state:

  • All author names
  • Institution(s)
  • Email addresses
  • Highlight the corresponding author

Submissions must be in accordance with the Journal's style sheet. If any of the above information is missing, the submission will not be considered.

Entrants should be aware that submissions sent to [email protected] will be automatically forwarded to Anna Wylie (Senior Editorial Assistant, Cambridge University Press), who will reply via [email protected]. We suggest that you request a "read receipt" when you send your email to ensure that it has been delivered. You will receive an email from Anna confirming receipt of your submission.

The winning entry will be published in the British Journal of Political Science as the "British Academy Brian Barry Prize Essay" and the author or authors of the winning essay will receive £1,500 in total (i.e., if there are three authors then they will receive £500 each).

Submissions will be reviewed, and a winner proposed, by the Brian Barry Prize panel:

If you have any queries about submitting a nomination, please consult the Brian Barry Prize FAQs or email [email protected].

Key Dates

Launch and opening of the 2024 Brian Barry Prize 1 December 2023
Closing of submission period 29 February 2024
Prize assessment period March - May 2024
Prize recommendations made June 2024
Winner and unsuccessful applicants informed end of June 2024
Winner announced September 2024

2023 winner

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Professor Göran Duus-Otterström, for his essay 'Emissions Sufficientarianism and Climate Justice'

Göran Duus-Otterström is professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg as well as a researcher in the Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm. He is a political theorist whose work mainly focuses on legal punishment and climate justice. He is currently co-principal investigator of the research programme “Climate Ethics and Future Generations” (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, 2018-2013) and has published widely on the normative aspects of climate policy, especially burden sharing justice and the relevance of historical responsibility for current duties to respond to climate change. His work has appeared in journals such as British Journal of Political Science, Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Change, and Law & Philosophy. He has previously held visiting or permanent positions at the University of Warwick (2008-2009), the University of St Gallen (2013), and Aarhus University (2017-2021).

"I am obviously delighted to have been awarded the 2023 Brian Barry prize and wish to express my gratitude to the British Academy for recognizing my work. Brian Barry was a towering figure in analytical political philosophy whose work continues to shape several contemporary debates - not least the topic of intergenerational justice, which my essay addresses. Though professor Barry did write insightfully and passionately about environmental issues and our responsibility to unborn generations, to my knowledge, he never got around to writing specifically about climate change and climate justice. This is a shame as we would all undoubtedly have benefited from hearing what he had to say about it. On a personal note, I would also have loved to know whether he would accept the conclusions I advance in the essay. Professor Barry’s influence on contemporary climate ethics is nevertheless immense via his pioneering work on the vexing questions that emerge once justice is applied between generations as opposed to between contemporaries.”

– Professor Göran Duus-Otterström, August 2022

Previous winners

2022 Associate Professor Chiara Cordelli, for her essay 'Freeing People, Restricting Capital'

2021 not awarded

2020 Associate Professor Jonathan Havercroft, University of Southampton, for 'Why is there no just riot theory?'

2019 Dr Andre Santos Campos, Nova University of Lisbon, for "Representing the Future: The Interests of Future Persons in Representative Democracy"

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"

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