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Written on 7 Oct 2020

Bennett Prospect Prize question revealed

This year’s Bennett Prospect Policy Prize poses a pressing question about populism and contemporary politics.

In these unprecedented times, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, in partnership with Prospect magazine, is calling for innovative ideas and generative solutions to this year’s prize question:

“Is it possible to govern well in the age of populism?”

The winner will receive £10,000, the possibility of sharing their thinking with influential stakeholders, publication by the Bennett Institute and Prospect Online, and an invitation to participate in the Bennett Institute Annual Conference 2021. 

Early career researchers and policy professionals from any discipline are invited to submit their answer in the form of a short essay or film.  These will be seen by a high-profile judging panel including David Runicman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge, and host of the Talking Politics podcast, Tom Clark, the editor of Prospect Magazine, and the co-directors of the Bennett Institute, Professors Diane Coyle and Michael Kenny.

The  Bennett Prospect Prize 2019 winner, Eric Lybeck said: “The prize has been amazing in opening doors with non-academic partners and academic partners as well. I have since discussed my ideas around my entry and ways of moving them forward with many government and third-sector organisations in Greater Manchester and beyond.”

The Bennett Prospect Prize is open for submissions until Sunday 31 January 2021 for early career researchers and policy professionals of any nationality, with winners to be announced in Spring 2021.

Find out how to enter