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Award for Distinguished Contribution 

The Award for Distinguished Contribution recognizes creative policy analysis that has had a significant influence on the course of American public policy.

1993 Mollie Orshansky, Social Security Administration

Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award

The Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award is given for the best book or article published in the general area of public policy during the past twenty (20) plus years. The book or article should have had a major impact on the field. This award carries a $500 prize.

2017  Frank Fischer, Rutgers University
Reframing Public Policy. Oxford University Press, 2003.
2016  Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Simon and Schuster, 2001 
2015  James C. Scott, Yale University
Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Yale University Press, 1998   
2014

2013
Frances Fox Piven,The Graduate Center, CUNY and Richard Cloward (deceased)
Regulating the Poor: The Public Functions of Welfare (New York: Vintage. 1971/1993)
Theda Skocpol, Harvard University
Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992)
2012 Lester Salamon, Johns Hopkins University
Partners in Public Service: Government-Nonprofit Relations in the Modern Welfare State (Johns Hopkins University Press,1995)
2011 Paul Pierson, University of California, Berkeley
"Increasing Returns, Path Dependence, and the Study of Politics,"
2009 Peter Hall, University of Washington
Governing the Economy: The Politics of State Intervention in Britain and France (Oxford University, 1986)
2009 Jennifer Hochschild, University of Washington
The Shifting Politics of Multiracialism in the United States
2006 Charles Lindblom, Yale University
Politics and Markets: The World's Political Economic Systems (Basic Books, 1977)
2005 Gosta Esping-Anderson, European University Institute
The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (Princeton University Press, 1990).
2004 James March, Stanford University
Rediscovering Institutions: The Organizational Basis of Politics (New York: The Free Press, 1989)
2004 Johan Olsen, ARENA, University of Oslo
Co-Authored with James March: Rediscovering Institutions: The Organizational Basis of Politics (New York: The Free Press, 1989)
2004 James March, Stanford University
Co-Authored with Johan P. Olsen, University of Oslo: Rediscovering Institutions: The Organizational Basis of Politics (Free Press, 1989
2003 Martha Derthick, University of Virginia
The Politics of Deregulation (Brookings Institution Press, 1985)
2003 Paul Quirk, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
The Politics of Deregulation (Brookings Institution Press 1985)
2002 Deborah Stone, Dartmouth College
Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision-Making (W.W. Norton, 1988)
2001 Frank Baumgartner, Pennsylvania State University
Agendas and Instability in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1993)
2001 Bryan Jones, University of Washington
Agendas and Instability in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1993)
2000 Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University
Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 1990)
1999 Michael Lipsky, Ford Foundation
Street-Level Bureaucracy (Russell Sage, 1980)
1998 Roger Cobb, Brown University
Participation in American Politics: The Dynamics of Agenda Building (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983)
1998 Charles Elder, Wayne State University
Participation in American Politics: The Dynamics of Agenda Building (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1983)
1997 Daniel Mazmanian, University of Michigan
Implementation and Public Policy (Rowman & Littlefield, 1989)
1997 Paul Sabatier, University of California-Davis
Implementation and Public Policy (Rowman & Littlefield, 1989)
1996 James Wilson, University of California-Los Angeles
The Politics of Regulation (Basic Books, 1980)
1994 John Kingdon, University of Michigan
Agendas, Alternatives, and Public Policy (Addison-Wesley Pub Co, 1997; 2nd Edition)
1989 David Ellwood, Harvard University
Poor Support (Basic Books, 1989)

Best Comparative Policy Paper Award
The Best Comparative Policy Paper Award recognizes an article of particular distinction published in the area of comparative public policy, awarded in collaboration with the International Comparative Policy Analysis Forum. This award carries a prize of $500.


2017  Aytug Sasmaz, Brown University
"Political Context, Organizational Mission and the Quality of Social Services: Insights from the Health Sector in Lebanon." 
2017  Melani Cammett, Harvard University
"Political Context, Organizational Mission and the Quality of Social Services: Insights from the Health Sector in Lebanon."
2016  Daniel Treisman, University of California, Los Angeles
“Misperceiving Inequality” 
2016  Vladimir Gimpelson, Higher School of Economics
“Misperceiving Inequality” 
2015   Zachary Elkins, University of Texas-Austin
"Micro-level Foundations of Diffusion Theory: Experimental Evidence"
2014



2014

2013
Edmund J. Malesky,Duke University,Cuong Viet Nguyen,National Economics University, Hanoi, Vietnam, andAnh Tran,Indiana University
The Impact of Recentralization on Public Services: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis of the Abolition of Elected Councils in Vietnam
Ben W. Ansell,Nuffield College, University of Oxford,J. Lawrence Broz, University of California, San Diego
Global Capital Markets, Housing Prizes, and Partizan Fiscal Policies
Matthias Orlowski, Humboldt-University Berlin
The Dynamics of Electoral Incentives. Electoral Systems and Agricultural Support in OECD countries paper prepared for the 2012 APSA Annual Meeting
2012 Claire Annesley, University of Manchester
2012 Isabelle Engeli, University of Ottawa
2011 Shaun Bevan, Pennsylvania State University
"Opinion-Responsiveness of Governing Agendas in the US and the UK: Institutional Filtering of Issue Priorities of the Public"
2011 Will Jennings, University of Manchester
"Opinion-Responsiveness of Governing Agendas in the US and the UK: Institutional Filtering of Issue Priorities of the Public"

Best Poster on Public Policy Award
The Best Poster on Public Policy Award is given for the best paper or poster presented at the poster session at the previous APSA meeting. This award carries a prize of $500.


2017  Andrew Kelly, Johns Hopkins University
"The Politics of Trial and Error: Medicare Demonstrations and Policy Change." 
2017 Philip Rocco, Marquette University
"The Politics of Trial and Error: Medicare Demonstrations and Policy Change." 
2016  Mallory SoRelle, Cornell University
“Information v. Ideology: Recognizing (Government) Benefits in the Submerged State” 
2016  Delphia Shanks-Booth, Cornell University
“Information v. Ideology: Recognizing (Government) Benefits in the Submerged State” 
2015  Ellen Donnelly, University of Pennsylvania
“In Pursuit of Racial Justice: Assessing the Politics and Consequences of Racial Disparity Reform in the U.S. Criminal Justice System.”
2013 Nathan Mitchell, Prairie View A&M University
"U.S. State Soveringn Debt Restrictions in the 50 States"
2012 Jake Haselswerdt, George Washington University
Death and Tax Breaks: Comparing the Survival Rates of Tax Expenditures and Direct Spending Programs
2011 Lindsay Flynn, University of Virginia
"The Work-Family Tradeoff: How Some Countries are Managing Better than Others"

Best Paper on Public Policy Award
The Best Paper on Public Policy Award recognizes the best paper on Public Policy given at the previous APSA Annual Meeting. This award carries a $500 prize.


2017  Melissa Sands, Harvard University
"Who wants to tax a millionaire? Exposure to inequality reduces support for redistribution." 
2016  Daniel Galvin, Northwestern University
“Wage Theft, Public Policy, and the Politics of Workers’ Rights” 
2015  Alexandra Filindra, University of Illinois-Chicago
“A Call to Arms: White Identity and Gun Control Policy Preferences in Post-Civil Rights America”
Noah Kaplan, University of Illinois-Chicago
“A Call to Arms: White Identity and Gun Control Policy Preferences in Post-Civil Rights America”  
2014




Alan S. Gerber,Yale University,Gregory A. Huber,Yale University,Marc Meredith (University of Pennsylvania),Daniel R. Biggers,Yale University, and David J. Hendry,Yale University
“Felony status, Participation, and Political Reintegration: Results from a field experiment”
Daniel Aldrich, Purdue University
"Social, Not Physical, Infrastructure: The Critical Role of Civil Society in Disaster Recovery"
2011 Susan Moffitt, Brown University
"The Politics of Bad News: Politics, Policy and Practice in K-12 Education"
2011 David Cohen, University of Michigan
"The Politics of Bad News: Politics, Policy and Practice in K-12 Education"
2010 Eric Patashnik, University of Virginia
"When Policy Does Not Remake Politics: The Limits of Policy Feedback"
2010 Julian Zelizer, Princeton University
"When Policy Does Not Remake Politics: The Limits of Policy Feedback."
2006 Richard Fording, University of Kentucky
"The Color of Devolution: The Politics of Local Punishment in the New World of Welfare"
2006 Sanford Schram, Bryn Mawr College
"The Color of Devolution: The Politics of Local Punishment in the New World of Welfare"
2006 Joe Soss, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"The Color of Devolution: The Politics of Local Punishment in the New World of Welfare"
2005 Karen Mossberger, Kent State University
"Race, Place, and Information Technology"
2005 Caroline Tolbert, Kent State University
"Race, Place, and Information Technology"
2005 Michele Gilbert, Kent State University
"Race, Place, and Information Technology"
2004 Craig Volden, Ohio State University
"States as Policy Laboratories: Experimenting with the Children's Health Insurance Program"
2003 Soeren Winter, Danish National Institute of Social Research
"Explaining Variation in Street-Level Bureaucratic Behaviors in Social and Regulatory Policies"
1989 Trudi Miller, Lehigh University
"Designing Social Structures: A Scientific Perspective"

Excellence in Mentoring Award
The Excellence in Mentoring Award has been established to recognize sustained efforts by a senior scholars to encourage and facilitate the career of emerging political scientists in the field of Public Policy. This award carries a $500 prize.


2017  David Weimer, University of Wisconsin - Madison 
2015  Karen M. Hult, Virginia Tech 
2014
2014
2012
Virginia Gray, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Peter May, University of Washington
John Witte, University of Wisconsin, Madison
2011 Bryan Jones, University of Texas Austin
2009 Vesla Weaver, University of Virginia
2009 Paul Sabatier, University of California, Davis
2006 Kenneth Meier, Texas A&M University
2005 Frank Baumgartner, Pennsylvania State University

Hubert H. Humphrey Award


1989 Charles Levine

Harold Lasswell Award
The Harold D. Lasswell prize is awarded annually by the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in the field of public policy. It is co-sponsored by the Policy Studies Association and the APSA Public Policy Section. The award carries a $1,000 prize.


2014

2013
Sarah Anzia,Stanford University
“Election Timing and the Political Influence of the Organized”
Nicholas Carnes, Duke University
"By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class? Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States"

Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article
The Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award is given to recognize an article of particular distinction published at any time in Policy Studies Journal. This award carries a prize of $500.


2017  Hongtao Yi, The Ohio State University
"Policy Networks in Complex Governance Subsystems: Observing and Comparing Hyperlink, Media, and Partnership Networks." Policy Studies Journal, 44(3):248-279. 
2017  John Scholz, Florida State University 
"Policy Networks in Complex Governance Subsystems: Observing and Comparing Hyperlink, Media, and Partnership Networks." Policy Studies Journal, 44(3):248-279.
2016  Elizabeth Rigby, George Washington University
“Laboratories of (In)equality? Redistributive Policy and Income Inequality in the American States” Policy Studies Journal. 43(2): 163-187. May 2015 
2016  Megan E. Hatch, Cleveland State University
“Laboratories of (In)equality? Redistributive Policy and Income Inequality in the American States” Policy Studies Journal. 43(2): 163-187. May 2015 
2015  Jeronimo Cortina, University of Houston
“Subsidizing Migration? Mexican Agricultural Policies and Migration to the United States.” Policy Studies Journal. 42 (1) 2014: 101-21 
2014



Evan Ringquist,Indiana University,Milena Neshkova,Florida International University andJoseph Aamidor,Indiana University
“Campaign Promises, Democratic Governance, and Environmental Policy in the U.S. Congress” (Policy Studies Journal 41 (2) 2013 pages 365–387)
Christian Breunig, University of Konstanz
The Tortoise or the Hare? Incrementalism, Punctuations, and Their Consequences (Policy Studies Journal 40 (1) 2012 pages 45-67)
2013 Chris Koski, Reed College
The Tortoise or the Hare? Incrementalism, Punctuations, and Their Consequences (Policy Studies Journal 40 (1) 2012 pages 45-67)
2012 Peter May, University of Washington
Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Policy Regime (Policy Studies Journal 39 (2))
2012 Ashley Jochim, University of Washington
Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Policy Regime (Policy Studies Journal 39 (2))
2012 Joshua Sapotichne, Michigan State University
Constructing Homeland Security: An Anemic Policy Regime (Policy Studies Journal 39 (2))
2011 Deborah Phillips, Georgetown University
"Head Start's Comparative Advantage: Myth or Reality"?
2011 William Gormley Jr., Georgetown University
"Head Start's Comparative Advantage: Myth or Reality"?
2011 Shirley Adelstein, Georgetown University
"Head Start's Comparative Advantage: Myth or Reality"?
2011 Catherine Snow, Federal Bureau of Investigation
"Head Start's Comparative Advantage: Myth or Reality"?

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