Peter J. Katzenstein awarded 2020 Skytte Prize

9 April 2020

Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA, has been named the 26th recipient of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science. He is awarded the prize for “furthering the understanding of how history, culture, and norms shape economies, as well as national and global security policy”.

Peter J. Katzenstein. Illustration: Anna Ileby

Katzenstein, born in Hamburg, Germany, has made pioneering contributions in research on the international system and international relations in which he has shown how national culture and history shape national perspectives on security and relations with other countries. By the 1980s, his work had laid the foundations of the field of political economy, in which relations between government, the market, and labour institutions are central.

In his empirical research, Peter Katzenstein has specialised in Europe, especially Germany, Asia, especially Japan, and the United States. Katzenstein argues that, rather than moving towards greater congruence, the distinctiveness of national societies is being constantly reproduced, even in a globalised and digitalised world.

The prize ceremony will take place in Uppsala on 3 October 2020.

About the Johan Skytte Prize

In 1622, Johan Skytte, then Vice-Chancellor of the University, established the Johan Skytte chair in Eloquence and Government, which is probably the world’s oldest active professorship in political science. The lands included in the original donation continue to finance research and the Johan Skytte Prize. The prize money of SEK 500,000 is awarded every year by the Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University to the person who has made the “most valuable contribution to political science”.