You may have had contact with SOG during one of its recent conferences or you may have heard about our network through our journal ‘Governance’ and the Governance Newsletter.
On behalf of SOG, the International Political Science Association (IPSA)'s ‘Research Committee on Structure and Organization of Government’ (RC 27), we would like to wish you a happy new year but also to give you some news about the network and to suggest you to renew your subscription or join SOG for the first time.
The SOG Research Committee's primary focus is the comparative study of executive branches, their changing roles in public policy making, and the various dimensions of executive politics. At the centre of this focus is the dynamics of public bureaucracies, their relations with political executives and interests in civil societies and their contributions to the design and implementation of public policies. In the widest sense, the activities of SOG include the study of government, governance, public administration, public management and regulation with a large variety of methods and theoretical perspectives.
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:
- It makes a contribution of considerable theoretical or practical significance in the field of public policy and administration.
- It takes an explicitly comparative perspective or produces findings the implications of which are highly significant for comparative research.
- 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 2013 that best meets these criteria. Nominations should be made by 31 March 2014 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 2013 issue of Governance.