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Best Research Paper of the Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

The Joint Sessions of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) are one of the largest Political Science conferences. At the end of March 2015 they convened in Warsaw with 25 panels and more than 800 proposed papers. And it is now official: An international jury selected Carina Schmitt’s paper on "Social Security Development and Colonial Legacy" as the best research paper which was awarded the Rudolf Wildenmann Prize.

In her paper Carina Schmitt, PostDoc at the SOCIUM of the University of Bremen, deals with the question of the historical development of the social security systems of the former colonies of Great Britain and France. She shows that the colonial heritage is still influencing these countries and that it dominates their social policy. The paper is part of her new research focus which deals with the diffusion and convergence of national social policies in a comparative perspective. More and more she is looking into the social security systems of developing or transformation countries which until recently did not receive much research attention.

The Rudolf Wildenmann Prize is endowed with 1.000 euros and commemorates the late Mannheim Political Scientist Rudolf Wildenmann who was not only one of the founders of ECPR but also one of the founding fathers of the West-German quantitative political science research.

More information: Rudolf Wildenmann Prize

Prof. Dr. Carina Schmitt