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The PSA Awards 2011

On 29 November 2011, the annual PSA Awards ceremony was held at Church House in London.

The Political Studies Association - formed in 1950 - is made up of political academics, and promotes the study of politics.

This year saw the tenth awards ceremony held by the association, recognising politicians, academics, journalists and campaigners who have made an "exceptional contribution to the study and the practice of politics".

Political award winners

Politician of the year: Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party

Parliamentarian of the year: Ed Balls MP, Shadow Chancellor

Backbenchers of the year: Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair of the Commons Health Committee; Tom Watson MP, Labour MP for West Bromwich East

Lifetime achievement in politics awards: Lord Steel, former leader of the Liberal Party; Lord Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister

Influencing the political agenda: Caroline Lucas MP, leader of the Green Party

Speech of the year: David Cameron - Bloody Sunday

Journalist of the year: Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

Broadcaster of the year: Evan Davis, BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme

Special international award: Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4 News

Engaging the public: 'Woman's Hour', BBC Radio 4

Special recognition award: Peter Kellner, President of YouGov

Campaign of the year: The Guardian, on the phone-hacking scandal

Academic Award Winners

Special recognition awards: Professor Albert Weale; Professor Pippa Norris; Professor William Paterson

Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime contribution to political studies: Professor Jack Hayward

Political studies communicator: Professor Ron Johnston

Innovation in teaching politics: Professor Alex Danchev and Ion Trewin

Publication of the year: 'The Spirit Level' by Prof Kate Pickett and Prof Richard Wilkinson

WJM MacKenzie book prize: 'The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron Polity' and 'What's Wrong With The British Constitution'

The awards ceremony can be seen on BBC Parliament at 21:00 on Saturday 3 December and 10:30 on Monday 5 December.


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