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Organized Section 2: C. Herman Pritchett Award

Law and Courts Section Award Recipients

C. Herman Pritchett Award
The C. Herman Pritchett award is given annually for the best book on law and courts written by a political scientist and published the previous year.


2015  Ran Hirschl, University of Toronto
Comparative Matters: The Renaissance of Comparative Constitutional Law. Oxford University Press, 2014 
2015  Melinda Gann Hall, Michigan State University
Attacking Judges: How Campaign Advertising Influences State Supreme Court Elections. Stanford University Press, 2014 
2014 Traci Burch, Northwestern University
Trading Democracy for Justice: Criminal Convictions and the Decline of Neighborhood Political Participation. University of Chicago Press
2014 Honorable Mention
Mark Massoud, University of California, Santa Cruz
Law's Fragile State: Colonial, Authoritarian, and Humanitarian Legacies in Sudan. Cambridge University Press
2013 Diana Kapiszewski, University of California, Irvine
High Courts and Economic Governance in Argentina and Brazil (Cambridge, 2012)
2012 Matthew Hall, Saint Louis University
The Nature of Supreme Court Power (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
2011 Sean Farhang, University of California, Berkeley
The Litigation State, (Princeton University Press)
2011 Honorable Mention
Michael Paris, CUNY-College of Staten Island
Framing Educational Opportunity: Law and the Politics of School Finance Reform (Stanford University Press)
2010 Eileen Braman, Indiana University
Law, Politics and Perception: How Policy Preferences Influence Legal Reasoning (University of Virginia Press, 2009)
2010 Gordon Silverstein, University of California, Berkeley
Law's Allure: How Law Shapes, Constrains, Saves and Kills Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
2009 Paul Collins Jr., University of North Texas
Friends of the Supreme Court: Interest Groups and Judicial Decision Making (Oxford University Press, 2008)
2008 Keith Whittington, Princeton University
Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy: The Presidency, the Supreme Court and Constitutional Leadership (Princeton University Press)
2008 Lisa Hilbink, University of Minnesota
Judges Beyond Politics in Democracy and Dictatorship: Lessons from Chile (Cambridge University Press)
2007 Lawrence Baum, Ohio State University
Judges and Their Audiences: A Perspective on Judicial Behavior
2006 Peter Russell, University of Toronto
Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English-Settler Colonies (University of Toronto Press, 2005)
2005 William Haltom, University of Puget Sound
Distorting The Law: Politics, Media, And The Litigation Crisis. Chicago: (University of Chicago Press)
2005 Michael McCann, University of Washington, Seattle
Distorting The Law: Politics, Media, And The Litigation Crisis. (University of Chicago Press)
2004 Tom Ginsburg, University of Illinois College of Law
Judicial Review in New Democracies: Constitutional Courts In Asian Cases (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2004 George Lovell
Legislative Deferrals: Statutory Ambiguity, Judicial Power, and American Democracy (Cambridge University Press)
2003 Ira Strauber, Grinnell College
Neglected Policies: Constitutional Law and Legal Commentary as Civic Education (Duke University Press, 2002)
2002 Lynn Mather, Dathmouth College
Co-Authored with Richard J. Maiman, University of Southern Maine and Craig McEwen, Bowdoin College, Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2001)
2002 Craig McEwen, Bowdoin Cellege
Co-Authored with Lynn Mather, Dartmouth College and Richard J. Maiman, University of Southern Maine, Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2001)
2002 Richard Maiman, University of Southern Maine
Co-Authored with Lynn Mather, Dartmouth College and Craig McEwen, Bowdoin College, Divorce Lawyers at Work: Varieties of Professionalism in Practice (Oxford University Press, 2001)
2001 Forrest Maltzman, George Washington University
Crafting Law on the Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2001 James Spriggs II, University of California at Davis
Co-Authored with Forrest Maltzman, George Washington University and Paul J. Wahlbeck, George Washington University, Crafting Law on the Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2001 Paul Wahlbeck, George Washington University
Co-Authored with Forrest Maltzman, George Washington University and James F. Spriggs, II, University of California at Davis, Crafting Law on the Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2000 Harold Spaeth, Michigan State University
Majority Rule or Minority Will: Adherence to Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
2000 Jeffrey Segal, Stony Brook University
Majority Rule or Minority Will: Adherence to Precedent on the U.S. Supreme Court (Cambridge University Press, 1999)
1998 Lee Epstein, Washington University
The Choices Justices Make (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998)
1998 Charles Epp, University of Kansas
The Rights Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 1998)
1998 Jack Knight, Washington University
The Choices Justices Make (Congressional Quarterly Press, 1998)
1998 Honorable Mention
Sheldon Goldman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
"Picking Federal Judges: Lower Court Selection From Roosevelt Through Reagan" (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1997)
1997 Wayne Moore, Virginia Tech
Constitutional Rights and the Powers of the People (Princeton University Press)
1996 John Maltese, University of Georgia
The Selling of Supreme Court Nominees (Johns Hopkins University Press)
1995 Michael McCann, University of Washington, Seattle
Rights at Work: Pay Equity Reform and the Politics of Legal Mobilization (University of Chicago Press)
1994 Howard Gillman, University of Southern California
The Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Durham: Duke University Press, 1993)
1994 Honorable Mention
Kevin McGuire, University of Minnesota
The Supreme Court Bar: Legal Elites in the Washington Community (University Press of Virginia)
1993 H.W. Perry Jr., Harvard University
Deciding to Decide: Agenda Setting in the United States Supreme Court (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1991)
1993 Herbert Kritzer, University of Wisconsin
Let's Make a Deal: Understanding the Negotiation Process in Ordinary Litigation (Madison University of Wisconsin Press, 1991)
1991 Susan Lawrence, Rutgers University
The Poor in Court: The Legal Services Program and Supreme Court Decision Making (Princeton University Press)
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