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Professor Lawrence Hamilton awarded NRF A-rating

last modified Nov 29, 2017 11:17 AM

Lawrence Hamilton has earned an A-rating from the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). This follows a year-long international peer review process. An A-rated researcher is defined as someone who is recognised by their peers as a leading international scholar in their field for the high quality and impact of their recent research outputs.

His work was described by reviewers as cutting edge and having major international impact. It is shaping the discourse on needs, power and freedom. It offers a genuinely novel theory of political power and democratic practice. And it has created fresh dialogue across disciplines, particularly political theory, philosophy and development economics. His most recent book, Freedom is Power: Liberty Through Political Representation (CUP 2014), was described as a major contribution to the literature and a powerful critique of prevailing approaches. There was also appreciation for the rigorous application of his sophisticated theoretical work to South African case studies and questions in particular.

The NRF in South Africa rates individual researchers (not departments) and, especially in the humanities and social sciences, A-ratings are unusual. Professor Hamilton is the first political scientist in the history of the NRF rating system to receive an A-rating.