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Bennett Prospect Prize question revealed

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

By Prospect Team  

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In these unprecedented times, the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge, in partnership with Prospect, 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 Runciman, Professor of Politics at Cambridge and host of the Talking Politics podcast, Tom Clark, the editor of Prospect, 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 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 31st January 2021 for early career researchers and policy professionals of any nationality, with winners to be announced in spring 2021.

For more information on how to apply visit:


Prospect has provided a home for intelligent debate and long-form journalism over a quarter of a century, and has made a particular niche for fine writing that provides practical answers to the great questions of the day. The Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge was founded in 2018, and aims to become a world-leader in achieving successful and sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time, by connecting the world-leading work on science and tech at Cambridge with the practical dilemmas of policy-making.




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