Iwan Morgan awarded 2010 Richard Neustadt Book Prize for 'The Age of Deficits: Presidents and Unbalanced Budgets from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush'

Tuesday 5 October 2010

Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute for the Study of the Americas has been awarded the American Politics Group’s 2010 Richard Neustadt Book Prize for his book The Age of Deficits: Presidents and Unbalanced Budgets from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush  (University Press of Kansas, 2009).

The chair of the judges, Professor Robert Singh (Birkbeck), offered the following praise for Professor Morgan’s work:

"The Age of Deficits is a truly impressive work of scholarship. Iwan Morgan's thorough immersion in the changing politics of budget deficits takes a panoramic sweep, from the Founding Fathers to Barack Obama. Erudite, carefully reasoned and utilising a formidable array of source material, this monograph is not only timely but also represents a genuinely important contribution to our understanding of what is likely to remain a, if not the, central force shaping US politics for many years to come. Iwan's study is a very worthy winner of the Neustadt Prize."

This success completes a remarkable hat-trick for the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA). ISA’s Tim Lynch was co-winner of the Neustadt Book Prize in 2010 for his co-authored study After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and ISA Ph.D. student Nick Bouchet won the Neustadt postgraduate prize for the best paper presented by a research student at the 2010 APG annual conference.

Iwan will be presented the award by Richard Neustadt’s widow, Baroness Shirley Williams, at the United States Embassy on 12 November 2010.

Professor Iwan Morgan is Professor of United States Studies and Deputy Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. He is Director of the Institute's United States Presidential Centre.