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2015 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize

Charles H. Levine was an outstanding scholar in the fields of public policy and administration. He played a major role in the creation and early life of both this journal and its owner, the Structure and Organization of Government Research Committee of the International Political Science Association (SOG). After his untimely death in 1988, the Editorial Board of Governance and the Executive Committee of SOG established an annual book prize in his memory.

The book selected should meet the following criteria:

  1. It makes a contribution of considerable theoretical or practical significance in the field of public policy and administration.
  2. It takes an explicitly comparative perspective or produces findings the implications of which are highly significant for comparative research.
  3. It is written in an accessible style and form so that it is of value both to scholars and practitioners.

The Levine Prize will be awarded to the book published in 2014 that best meets these criteria. Nominations should be made by 31 March 2015 and sent to the committee. Please send a copy of the book to all three members of the committee. The winner will be announced in the October 2015 issue of Governance.

Professor Julia Fleischer
Chair of the Levine Prize Committee
University of Bergen
Department of Administration and Organization Theory
PO box 7802
N - 5020 Bergen, Norway
Tel: +47 55 58 84 47
Email: Julia.Fleischer@aorg.uib.no

Professor Bert Rockman
Department of Political Science
Purdue University
Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Tel: +1.765.494.7599
Email: barockman@purdue.edu

Professor Danny Wai Fung Lam
Department of Politics and Public Administration
9.42 The Jockey Club Tower,
Centennial Campus
The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 3917 2391
Email: dwflam@hku.hk

Note: Please ensure that books being nominated will reach all three members of the committee BY 31 MARCH 2015.

Anja Mihr Lecture at the 2014 IAPSS Autumn Convention: Transitional Justice in Conflict Affected Regions

Bringing together over 220 students of political science and related disciplines from almost 50 different countries, the 2014 IAPSS Autumn Convention was festively opened in Nijmegen (Netherlands) on Monday, October 20th 2014. After an inspirational opening by the head of the Local Organizing Committee, the conference week started with a keynote lecture on Transitional Justice by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anja Mihr from the Hague Institute for Global Justice and chair of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) research committee on human rights. Dr. Mihr provided the participants with a comprehensive overview over the global situation of human rights, their implementation and the rule of law in transition processes. Drawing from her experience as a political scientist and human rights researcher, she engaged the audience in a lively discussion about conflict situations, comparative politics and moral dilemmas. Dr. Mihr drew from the examples of Syria, Ukraine, Rwanda as well as several others to highlight past and current conflicts and the process of demystifying human rights. She ended her lecture by quoting Deng Xiaoping: “Kill one generation’s elite, and you have 25 years of peace”. The International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS) and the Dutch student association ismus would like to thank Dr Mihr for her input and thought-provoking lecture, which was kindly made possible by IPSA.

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