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Comparative Democratization Section Award Recipients


Best Article Award
Single-authored or co-authored articles focusing directly on the subject of democratization and published in 2016 are eligible. Nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Copies of the article should be sent by email to each of the committee members.

2016

Daniel Treisman, University of California, Los Angeles
Income, Democracy, and Leader Turnover.” American Journal of Political Science Volume 59, Issue 4, pages 927–942, October 2015

 

2015 

Jordan Gans-Morse, Northwestern University
“Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections” American Journal of Political Science 58, 2 (2014): 415-432
Sebastian Mazzuca, Universidad Nacional de San Martín and CIAS
“Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections” American Journal of Political Science 58, 2 (2014): 415-432
Simeon Nichter, University of California, San Diego
“Varieties of Clientelism: Machine Politics During Elections” American Journal of Political Science 58, 2 (2014): 415-432

 

2014 

Lisa Blaydes, Stanford University
"The Feudal Revolution and Europe’s Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian West and the Muslim World before 1500 CE." American Political Science Review, February 2013
Eric Chaney, Harvard University
"The Feudal Revolution and Europe’s Rise: Political Divergence of the Christian West and the Muslim World before 1500 CE." American Political Science Review, February 2013

2013

Robert Woodberry, National University of Singapore
The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy (American Political Science Review 106, 2)

2012

Carles Boix, Princeton University
Democracy, Development and the International System (November 2011 American Political Science Review)

2012 Honorable Mention
Susan Hyde, Yale University
Catch Us If You Can: Election Monitoring and International Norm Diffusion (April 2011 American Journal of Political Science)

2011

Ben Ansell, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Inequality and Democratization: A Contractarian Approach
David Samuels, University of Minnesota
Inequality and Democratization: A Contractarian Approach

2010

Dan Slater, University of Chicago
Revolutions, Crackdowns, and Quiescence: Communal Elites and Democratic Mobilization in Southeast Asia

2010

Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
Shaping Democratic Practice and the Causes of Electoral Fraud: The Case of Nineteenth-Century Germany

2009

Dan Slater, University of Chicago
"Can Leviathan Be Democratic?:Competitive Electins, Robust Mass Politics, and State Infrastructural Power," Studies in Comparative International Development (December 2008)

2009 Honorable Mention
Ellis Goldberg, University of Washington, Seattle
"Lessons from Strange Cases: Democracy, Development, and the Resource Curse in the U.S. States", Comparative Political Studies (2008)
Erik Wibbels, Duke University
"Lessons from Strange Cases: Democracy, Development, and the Resource Curse in the U.S. States", Comparative Political Studies (2008)
Eric Mvukiyehe, Columbia University
"Lessons from Strange Cases: Democracy, Development, and the Resource Curse in the U.S. States", Comparative Political Studies (2008)

2007

Richard Snyder, Brown University
Does Lootable Wealth Breed Disorder?

2007 Honorable Mention
Michael Coppedge, University of Notre Dame
Daniel Brinks, University of Texas, Austin

2006

Lucan Way, University of Toronto
"Authoritarian Statebuilding and the Sources of Regime Competitiveness in the Fourth Wave World Politics," World Politics 57, 2 (January 2005): 231-61
 Philip Roessler, University of Maryland
"Liberalizing Electoral Outcomes in Competitive Authoritarian Regimes"

2005

Lisa Baldez, Dartmouth College
"Elected Bodies: The Gender Quota Law for Legislative Candidates in Mexico," Legislative Studies Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 2. (May 2004), pp. 231-258

2004

Quan Li, Pennsylvania State University
Co-Authored with Rafael Reuveny, Indiana University, "Economic Globalization and Democracy: An Empirical Analysis" (British Journal of Political Science, January, 2003)
Rafael Reuveny, Indiana University
Co-Authored with Quan Li, Pennsylvania State University, "Economic Globalization and Democracy: An Empirical Analysis" (British Journal of Political Science, January, 2003)

2003

Anirudh Krishna, Duke University
Mandates and Democracies: Neoliberalism by Surprise in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2001)
James Mahoney, Brown University
Legacies of Liberalism: Path Dependence and Political Regimes in Central America (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001)


Best Book Award
Given for the best book in the field of Comparative Democratization.

2016

Kenneth Roberts, Cornell University
Changing Course in Latin America: Party Systems in the Neoliberal Era. Cambridge University Press, 2015 

2015

Kurt Weyland, University of Texas at Austin
Making Waves: Democratic Contention in Europe and Latin America since 1848. Cambridge University Press, 2014

Honorable Mention
Rachel Beatty Ridel, Northwestern University
Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa. Cambridge University Press, 2014

Honorable Mention
Ben Ansell, Oxford University
Inequality and Democratization an Elite-Competition Approach. Cambridge University Press, 2014

Honorable Mention

David Samuels, University of Minnesota

Inequality and Democratization an Elite-Competition Approach. Cambridge University Press, 2014

 

2013

Milan Svolik, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
The Politics of Authoritarian Rule (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Honorable Mention
Michael Coppedge, University of Notre Dame
Democratization and Research Methods (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

2012 

Susan Hyde, Yale University
The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma: Why Election Monitoring Became an International Norm (Cornell University Press, 2011)

2012 Honorable Mention
Vineeta Yadav, Pennsylvania State University
Political Parties, Business Groups, and Corruption in Developing Countries (Oxford University Press, 2011)

2011

Timothy Frye, Columbia University
Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy
Monika Nalepa, Princeton University
Skeletons in the Closet: Transitional Justice in Post-Communist Systems

2010

Zachary Elkins, University of Texas, Austin
The Endurance of National Constitutions
Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago
The Endurance of National Constitutions
James Melton, IMT Institute for Advanced Studies
The Endurance of National Constitutions

2009

Thad Dunning, Yale University
Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)

2008

Kenneth F. Greene, University of Texas-Austin
Why Dominant Parties Lose: Mexico's Democratization in Comparative Perspective

2008

Amaney Jamal, Princeton University
Barriers to Democracy

2007

Jillian Schwedler, University of Maryland
Faith in Moderation: Islamist Parties in Jordan and Yemen

2006

M. Fish, University of California, Berkeley
Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2005)

2005

Kurt Schock, Rutgers University, Newark
Unarmed Insurrections: People Power Movements in Nondemocracies (University of Minnesota Press)
Charles Tilly, Columbia University
Contention and Democracy in Europe, 1650-2000 (Cambridge University Press)

2004

Nancy Bermeo, Princeton University
Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times (Princeton University Press, 2003)


Best Field Work Award
This prize rewards dissertation students who conduct especially innovative and difficult fieldwork. Candidates must submit two chapters of their dissertation and a letter of nomination from the chair of their dissertation committee describing the field work. The material submitted must describe the field work in detail and should provide one or two key insights from the evidence collected in the field. The chapters may be sent electronically or in hard copy directly to each committee member.


2016

Pia Raffler, Yale University
Bureaucrats versus Politicians: A Field Experiment on Political Oversight and Local Public Service Provision"   

Kathleen Klaus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Claiming Land: Institutions, Narratives, and Political Violence in Kenya”

2015

Barry Driscoll, University of Wisconsin - Madison
“The Perverse Effects of Political Competition: Building Capacity for Patronage in Ghana”  

Colm Fox, Singapore Management University
“Appealing to the Masses Understanding Ethnic Politics And Elections in Indonesia”

Honorable Mention
Michael Broache, Columbia University
“The International Criminal Court and Atrocities in DRC: A Case Study of the RCD-Goma (Nkunda Faction)/CNDP/M23 Rebel Group”

2014

Milli Lake, University of Washington

Honorable Mention
Calvert Jones, Yale University

2013

Adam Auerbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Cooperation in Uncertainty: Migration, Ethnicity, and Community Governance in India’s Urban Slums."

2013 Honorable Mention
Sarah Parkinson, University of Chicago
"Reinventing the Resistance: Order and Violence Among Palestinians in Lebanon."

2012

Simon Chauchard, Dartmouth College
From Political Power To Changing Group Relations? Tracking the Psychological Impact of Political Inclusion in Rural India (Completed at New York University; advised by Kanchan Chandra)

2012 Honorable Mention
James Long, University of California, San Diego
Ethnic Voting in Kenya and Ghana and Election Fraud in Uganda and Afghanistan

2011

Claire Adida, University of California San Diego
Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa

2010

Alejandra Armesto, University of Notre Dame
"Territorial Control and Particularistic Spending on Local Public Goods," University of Notre Dame

2009

Alexandra Scacco, Columbia University
"Who Riots?Explaining Individual Participation in Ethnic Violence in Nigeria"

2007

Marc Berenson, Princeton University
Dissertation Title: "Re-Creating the State: Governance and Power in Poland and Russia"

2006

Manal Jamal, McGill University
"After the Peace Processes: Foreign Donor Assistance and the Political Economy of Marginalization in Palestine and El Salvador"
Anupma Kulkarni, Stanford University
"Demons and Demos: Violence, Memory, and Citizenship in Post-Conflict States"

2005

Lily Tsai, Harvard University
"The Informal State: Governance, Accountability, and Public Goods Provision in Rural China," PhD dissertation at Harvard University


Best Paper Award
Given to the best paper on Comparative Democratization presented at the previous year’s APSA Convention. Papers must be nominated by panel chairs or discussants.

2016

Anne Meng, University of California, Berkeley
“Ruling Parties in Authoritarian Regimes: A Theory of Endogenous Institutional Change” 

2015

Kenneth Greene, University of Texas at Austin
“Ousting Autocrats: The Political Economy of Hybrid Autocracy” 

2014

Christian Houle, Michigan State University
"Ethnic Inequality and the Dismantling of Democracy: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa."

2013

Kunle Owolabi, Villanova University
"Literacy and Democracy after Slavery? The Long-Term Consequences of Forced Settlement and Colonial Occupation in the Developing World"

2012

Susan Stokes, Yale University
What Killed Vote Buying in Britain?

2011

Robert Woodberry, University of Texas Austin
Weber Through the Back Door: Protestant Competition, Elite Power Dispersion, and the Global Spread of Democracy

2010

Giovanni Capoccia, Oxford University
"The Historic Turn in Democratization Studies: A New Research Program and Evidence from Europe"
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University
"The Historic Turn in Democratization Studies: A New Research Program and Evidence from Europe"

2009

Judith Kelley, Duke University
"D-Minus Elections: How Conflicting Norms and Interests Influence Whether International Election Observers Endorse Elections"


Juan Linz Best Dissertation Award
Given for the best dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy completed and accepted in the two calendar years immediately prior to the APSA Annual Meeting where the award will be presented. The prize can be awarded to analyses of individual country cases as long as they are clearly cast in a comparative perspective. A hard copy of the dissertation, accompanied by a letter of support from a member of the dissertation committee should be sent to each member of the prize selection committee.

2016

Bryn Rosenfeld, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
“Varieties of Middle Class Growth and Democratic Preference Formation”

2015

Henry Thomson, University of Oxford
“Food and Power: Authoritarian Regime Durability and Agricultural Policy.”

2014

Paula Munoz, University of Texas at Austin
Campaign Clientelism in Peru: An Informal Theory.
Leonid Peisakhin, Yale University
Long Shadow of the Past: Identity, Norms, and Political Behavior.

2013

Gwyneth McClendon, Yale University
"The Politics of Envy and Esteem in Two Democracies"

2012

Noam Lupu, Princeton University
Party Brands in Crisis: Partisanship, Brand Dilution and the Breakdown of Political Parties in Latin America (Completed at Princeton University; advised by Deborah J. Yashar)

2011

Ekrem Karakoc, Pennsylvania State University
A Theory of Redistribution in New Democracies: How Democracy Has Increased Income Disparity in Southern and Postcommunist Europe

2010

Agustina Giraudy, UNC Chapel Hill
"Subnational Undemocratic Regime Continuity After Democratization: Argentina and Mexico in Comparative Perspective"
Evangelos Liaras, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"Ballot Box and Tinderbox: Can Electoral Engineering Save Multiethnic Democracy?"

2009

Lisa Blaydes, University of California, Los Angeles
"Competition without Democracy: Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak's Egypt"

2009 Honorable Mention
Rachel Riedl, Princeton University
"Institutions in New Democracies: Variations in African Political Party Systems"

2007

Susan Hyde, University of California, San Diego
Observing Norms: Explaining the Causes and Consequences of Internationally Monitored Elections

2006

Mieczyslaw Boduszynski, University of California, Berkeley
"Explaining Post-Communist Diversity: Regime Change in the Yugoslav Successor States, 1990-2004"

2005

Staffan Lindberg, Lund University
"The Power of Elections: Democratic Participation, Competition, and Legitimacy in Africa"

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