The 2015 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research has been awarded to Marius R. Busemeyer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, for his book Skills and Inequality: Partisan Politics and the Political Economy of Education Reforms in Western Welfare States (2014, Cambridge University Press). In this book Busemeyer’s central ambition is to show that education and training systems are central to understanding the evolution of Western European welfare systems. The Jury felt that the book constitutes a 'very substantial and original contribution in comparative social science research', as stipulated as the main criterion for the award of the Stein Rokkan Prize.' More detail of the judges report can be found here.
Marius Busemeyer studied political science, economics and public law at the University of Heidelberg, where he received his PhD in 2006. He served as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, between 2006 and 2010. His research focuses on comparative political economy, welfare states, public spending, social democratic parties and theories of institutional change.
The Stein Rokkan Prize is awarded each year by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the University of Bergen and the ECPR.