Levin Center accepting submissions for award


The Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy is now accepting submissions for its Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research.

A core value of the Levin Center at Wayne State University law School is to promote constructive research into oversight by legislative bodies. This award is established to promote and recognize such research efforts. When conducted well, with a commitment to finding the facts and bridging political divides, oversight investigations can provide the checks and balances envisioned by the U.S. Constitution, foster cross-party relationships, build public trust in legislatures and improve government programs and public policy.

The submission deadline is Tuesday, November 1, (11:59 p.m.). The award carries a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to present the paper at Wayne Law.

To be selected for the Levin Center Award for Excellence in Oversight Research, a paper must meet the following criteria:

1. The submission must include original, timely, publishable scholarly work in the form of an academic article, book chapter, or written product of similar magnitude.

2. The submission must be authored by one or more individuals at an educational institution, government agency, public entity, nonprofit organization or similar body.

3. The submission must target significant legislative oversight issues at the national, state, local, or international level and may include suggestions to strengthen legislative oversight to improve public policy. Papers should examine the history, theory, mechanics, features, incentives, cross-party elements, operations, outcomes, effectiveness or other aspects of oversight
conducted by legislative bodies to investigate, establish facts, and address problems in either the public or private sector.

4. If accepted for publication, submission must occur within one academic year of notification of acceptance.

5. The submission must not have been previously submitted for consideration.

6. The author(s) of the submission must agree to allow the research to be promoted through academic channels, including the Levin Center at Wayne Law’s website and list-serves.
To submit a paper for consideration, visit https://levin-center.org/levin-center-at-work/awards/research-award.


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