The Prize Committee is delighted to announce that the article by Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri titled “COVID-19 and the failure of the neoliberal regulatory state,” published in the journal, Review of International Political Economy has won the 2022 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize.
The Committee in awarding the prize commends how the article was able to take stock of the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic and situate these within a longer history of state transformations and in relation to enduring issues regarding governance. It advances a novel framework of the neoliberal regulatory state to expose and explain contradictions in pandemic outcomes as arising from state failure. The Committee particularly noted that the article’s approach enabled the authors to look beyond surface explanations and uncover the deeper structural forces shaping state responses. By focusing on the pathologies of the regulatory state – the hollowing out of state capacity, the diffusion of responsibility and the reliance on ad hoc emergency measures – the authors are able to explain in painstaking detail how the ostensibly best-prepared states were found wanting when the pandemic hit, and unable to learn from these failures to change course. Using evidence from Britain and South Korea, the findings of this article will generate wider discussions regarding the role of the state and the political economy of crisis management.
The article is strongly written drawing on empirical evidence and substantive engagement with IPE literature. It represents work that skilfully combines theoretical sophistication with clear policy relevance. It should serve as an important contribution to the debates about the governance of the covid-19 pandemic, and the lessons that need to be learned to leave us better prepared for the next crisis.
For these reasons, the committee concludes that it is worthy of AIPEN’s recognition and we invite our broader community to read and debate the intellectual contributions of this piece.
Congratulations again to Lee Jones and Shahar Hameiri!
The prize will be awarded at a future AIPEN workshop and Shahar Hameiri will be invited to write a PPE post on the winning article.
We look forward to receiving submissions for the 2023 prize next year!
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