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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Wanted: Ideas for Improving World Order

I oversee administration of the $200,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. This prize is granted annually by the University of Louisville. Basically, I chair the initial screening committee that is housed within the Department of Political Science. The Grawemeyer Award's webpage hosts some useful information about the nomination and selection processes and material about past winners and their prize-winning works. Additions are made periodically.

Readers of this blog may remember that the 2004 prize was awarded last month to John Braithwaite and John Drahos of Australian National University for their book, Global Business Regulation (Cambridge, 2000).

Until Friday, January 16, 2004, the Department is accepting nominations for the 2005 competition.

The initial submission process (to open a file) is relatively simple: nominators must complete a one page form (available as a pdf file on the webpage) and submit a nomination letter. We especially encourage nominations from individual scholars and policy-makers. Self-nomination is permitted, though all nominators should note that reviewers will see these letters.

Completed files are due from nominees by February 13. We will need four copies of the nominated work, though publishers typically provide them for nominated books.

All relevant ideas published or publicly presented in any work between January 1999 and December 2003 are potentially eligible. Previously submitted nominations may be resubmitted. For general information, see my article, "Wanted: Outstanding Ideas for Improving World Order," in the December 1998 issue of PS: Political Science & Politics.

The Award's basic purpose is described on the webpage:
Submissions will be judged according to originality, feasibility and potential impact, not by the cumulative record of the nominee. They may address a wide range of global concerns including foreign policy and its formation; the conduct of international relations or world politics; global economic issues, such as world trade and investment; resolution of regional, ethnic or racial conflicts; the proliferation of destructive technologies; global cooperation on environmental protection or other important issues; international law and organization; any combination or particular aspects of these, or any other suitable idea which could at least incrementally lead to a more just and peaceful world order.
For further information, feel free to contact my assistant:

Ms. Arlene A. Brannon
Department of Political Science
Ford Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: 502-852-1009
Fax: 502-852-7923

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