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Kurt Weyland Honored with Hamilton Book Award

Posted: October 31, 2008

Kurt Weyland, Lozano Long Professor in Latin American Politics, was one of four runners up for the UT Co-op’s Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for his book Bounded Rationality and Policy Diffusion: Social Sector Reform in Latin America, published by Princeton University Press in 2007.

Professor Weyland, a LLILAS-affiliated faculty member in the Department of Government, received a $3,000 prize for his examination of the recent waves of reform of pension and public health care systems in Latin America and how policymaking takes place. In his review of Weyland’s book, Richard Feinberg of Foreign Affairs magazine says, “As demands for social justice grow in Latin America, Weyland's formidable findings will take on particular urgency for both theorists and practitioners alike." For more information on the book, visit Princeton University Press.

The Hamilton Awards honor outstanding books published by University of Texas faculty. A multidisciplinary committee of scholars appointed by the Vice President for Research chooses the winners. The award is named for UT Law professor Robert W. Hamilton, who served as Chairman of the University's Co-op Board for many years. This year’s awards were presented at an October 22 dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel. Michael H. Granof, Chairman of the University Co-operative Society, hosted the event, and awards were presented by University President William Powers Jr. Denise Schmandt-Besserat, Professor Emerita of Art and Art History and Middle Eastern Studies, received the $10,000 grand prize for When Writing Met Art: From Symbol to Story (University of Texas Press, 2007). For more information on this year’s Hamilton Awards, visit www.utexas.edu/news.

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