On announcing the winner of their most distinguished award, the ECPR described David as 'a leader, a teacher and a true model for political theorists'.
Richard Bellamy (University College London), co-lead of the nominating committee, explained that they nominated David because “he is not only one of the most prominent political philosophers in the world today, but also someone whose approach to the field, which links normative theory to empirical research, exemplifies why political philosophy is a central part of political science. His work has addressed such pressing issues as migration, nationality, social justice and citizenship in a timely, original and practical way.”
On receiving the award, David said: “'I am delighted and very honoured to be given this Lifetime Achievement Award. As a young academic, taking part in the ECPR’s Joint Sessions was a memorable and formative experience for me, and I have held the ECPR in the highest regard throughout my career. I look forward to attending future events once the current pandemic has passed.'”
The ECPR’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given biennially to a scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to European political science.
For more information about the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award, see the announcement on the ECPR’s website.