_ For his steadfast defence of the values of freedom and his important international role in the study of representative democracy
_ King Juan Carlos, Margaret Thatcher, Shimon Peres, Mario Vargas Llosa and Enrique Krauze, laureates of previous editions
The political scientist and publicist Giovanni Sartori has been distinguished with the 2015 FAES Freedom Award. The Professor has sent a letter thanking the President of the Foundation and former Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Maria Aznar, for the award. Sartori is considered one of the founding fathers of contemporary political science and has distinguished himself throughout his public life and work as a staunch defender of freedom and for pointing out with wit and courage the challenges and problems facing Western democracies.
In 2009, on the occasion of its 20th anniversary, FAES Foundation created the FAES Freedom Award to recognize national and international personalities who have helped promote and defend democracy and freedom. King Juan Carlos received the first edition’s award and it was subsequently granted to the former prime minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher; the president of Israel, Shimon Peres; Nobel Prize laureate, Mario Vargas Llosa; and the Mexican essayist and historian Enrique Krauze. The proposal to grant Giovanni Sartori the sixth FAES Freedom Award came from José María Aznar, who has already informed the Board of Trustees of this appointment.
Giovanni Sartori, born in Florence, is one of the most prestigious international personalities in the field of constitutional law and the study of representative democracy and the changes in open societies. His career has earned him multiple awards as the Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences; the Medal for Cultural and Educational Merit from the President of Italy; the Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross awarded by the President of Brazil, or the Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins, among others.
The academic career of Professor Sartori has been developed in some of the world's best universities, like the University of Florence, the European University Institute, Stanford University and Columbia University, where he received the prestigious Albert Schweitzer Chair where he served as Professor of Humanities. He has also been guest professor at Harvard and Yale and is honorary doctor by numerous universities. From Sartori's work, translated into more than thirty languages, we can highlight What is democracy?; Homo Videns: Remote-Control Society; and Multiethnic Society. Pluralism, Multiculturalism and Foreigners. Considered classics of political science are Parties and Party Systems, which received the Outstanding Book Award from the American Political Science Association; Democratic theory; Elements of Political Theory and Comparative Constitutional Engineering.