2012 Gladys M. Kammerer Award
The Gladys M. Kammerer Award is given for the best book published in the U.S. during the previous calendar year in the field of U.S. national policy.
Award Committee: Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University; Thad Kousser, University of California, San Diego; and Reuel R. Rogers, Northwestern University
Recipient: Sean Ehrlich, Florida State University
Book: Access Points: An Institutional Theory of Policy Bias and Complexity (Oxford University Press)
Citation: Access Points: An Institutional Theory of Policy Bias and Complexity is driven by a theoretical insight that rings clear as a bell: Lobbyists become more active and influential, making policy more complex and often biased, when the structure of government opens up more points of access. Sean D. Ehrlich’s important new book lays out this original idea in plain language, backed by formal reasoning. He argues that one key feature of governing institutions – the number of relevant and independent policymakers who are susceptible to special interest influence – shapes many aspects of both lobbyist behavior and the content of policies.