Bill Cross is the recipient of the 2020 FPA Research Excellence Award for his research on the different strata of political parties: “members, activists, donors, candidates, political operatives and Parliamentarians.” His forthcoming book, Who is the Political Party? considers where power lies within the parties and who, in terms of socio/demographics, participates and is represented in the different levels of the parties.
“Many of the questions I have pursued in my research agenda have had their beginnings in the classroom when students ask a question that I realize collectively as a discipline we don’t have the answer to but that we should,” he said in his remarks. “These classroom discussions spawn many a research project. Accordingly, I have never bought into the proposition that teaching and research are separate endeavours.”