The journal Governance has awarded Professor David Vogel the 2013 Charles H. Levine Memorial Book Prize for his book The Politics of Precaution: Regulating Health, Safety, and Environmental Risks in Europe and the United States (Princeton University Press, 2012).
The award committee described The Politics of Precaution as “a convincing and illuminating book on a broad topic that students of risk regulation, environmental policy, and comparative public policy should find most helpful.” In August 2012, Vogel won the prestigious Academy of Management Organization and Natural Division Book Award for Politics of Precaution.
Vogel’s book discusses the politics of risk regulation and how over the past five decades, there has been an overall shift toward greater risk regulation management in Europe than in the U.S. He explores the transatlantic policy shifts on a variety of topics from food safety and agriculture to air pollution, consumer safety, and hazardous substances.
The annual prize is sponsored by the International Political Science Association’s Research Committee on the Structure of Governance. It recognizes a book that makes a contribution in the field of public policy and administration, takes an explicitly comparative perspective, and is written in an accessible style.
Vogel holds the Solomon P. Lee Chair in Business Ethics at Berkeley-Haas and has been the editor of the California Management Review, the school's journal, since 1982.
Vogel has authored 15 books and is a noted scholar on corporate social responsibility over an academic career that spans nearly four decades. He has been a faculty member at Berkeley’s business school since 1973.
The award committee also honored UC Berkeley Assistant Professor Jennifer Bussell with special recognition for her book, Corruption and Reform in India: Public Services in the Digital Age (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Bussell teaches at the Goldman School of Public Policy.