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Organized Section 25: William H. Riker Book Award

Political Economy Section Award Recipients

William H. Riker Book Award
The Best Book Award, named for William H. Riker, is given for the best book on political economy published during the past three calendar years.


2016  David Skarbek, King's College London
The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System. Oxford University Press, 2014 
2016  Honorable Mention
Megumi Naoi, University of California, San Diego
Building Legislative Coalitions for Free Trade in Asia: Globalization as Legislation, Cambridge University Press 2015 
2016  Honorable Mention
David A. Steinberg, Johns Hopkins University
Demanding Devaluation: Exchange Rate Politics in the Developing World, Cornell University Press, 2015. 
2015  Ben Ansell, University of Oxford
Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach. Cambridge 2014 
2015  David Samuels, University of Minnesota
Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach. Cambridge 2014 
2015  Honorable Mention
Jonathan Caverley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Democratic Militarism: Voting, Wealth, and War. Cambridge 2014 
2015  Honorable Mention
James Vreeland, Georgetown University
The Political Economy of the United Nations Security Council: Money and Influence. Cambridge, 2014 
2015  Honorable Mention
Axel Dreher, Heidelberg University
The Political Economy of the United Nations Security Council: Money and Influence. Cambridge, 2014 
2014 William Howell, University of Chicago
The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
2014 Saul Jackman, Stanford University
The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
2014 Jon Rogowski, Washington University in St. Louis
The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
2014 Honorable Mention
Daniel Gingerich, University of Virginia
"Political Institutions and Party-Directed Corruption in South America: Stealing for the Team."
2013 Sean Gailmard, University of California, Berkeley
Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
2013 John Patty, Washington University
Learning While Governing: Expertise and Accountability in the Executive Branch (University of Chicago Press, 2012)
2012 Tom Clark, Emory University
The Limits of Judicial Independence (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
2012 Honorable Mention
Jonathan Bendor, Stanford University
A Behavioral Theory of Elections (Princeton University Press)
2012 Honorable Mention
Daniel Diermeier, Northwestern University
A Behavioral Theory of Elections (Princeton University Press)
2012 Honorable Mention
David Siegel, Florida State University
A Behavioral Theory of Elections (Princeton University Press)
2012 Honorable Mention
Michael Ting, Columbia University
A Behavioral Theory of Elections (Princeton University Press)
2012 Honorable Mention
David Stasavage, New York University
States of Credit: Size, Power, and the Development of European Polities (Princeton University Press, 2011)
2011 Ben Ansell, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
"From The Ballot to the Blackboard: The Redistributive Political Economy of Education"
2010 Orit Kedar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Voting for Policy, Not Parties: How Voters Compensate for Power Sharing
2009 Bonnie Meguid, University of Rochester
Party Competition Between Unequals (Cambridge University Press)
2007 James Robinson, Harvard University
Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
2007 Daron Acemoglu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
2006 Elinor Ostrom, Indiana University, Bloomington
Understanding Institutional Diversity (Princeton University Press, 2005)
2005 Fiona McGillivray, New York University
Privileging Industry: The Comparative Politics of Trade and Industrial Policy (Princeton University Press, 2004)
2004 Carles Boix, University of Chicago
Democracy and Redistribution (Cambridge University Press, 2003)
2003 Michael Hiscox, Harvard University
International Trade and Political Conflict: Commerce, Coalitions and Mobility (Princeton: Princeton University Press)
2003 John Huber, Columbia University
Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy
2003 Charles Shipan, University of Iowa
Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
2002 Evelyne Huber, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Development and Crisis of the Welfare State
2002 John Stephens, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Development and Crisis of the Welfare State
2002 Gene Grossman
Special Interest Politics (MIT Press, 2001)
2002 Elhanan Helpman
Special Interest Politics (MIT Press, 2001)
2001 Charles Cameron, Columbia University
Veto Bargaining: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2000 Robert Powell, University of California at Berkley
In the Shadow of Power (Princeton University Press, 1999)
1999 Carles Boix, Ohio State University
Political Parties, Growth, and Equality: Conservative and Social Democratic Economic Strategies in the World Economy (Cambridge University Press, 1998)
1998 Gary Cox, University of California, San Diego
Making Votes Count: Strategic Coordination in the World's Electoral Systems (Cambridge University Press, 1997)
1997 Kenneth Shepsle, Harvard University
Making and Breaking Governments (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
1997 Michael Laver, Trinity College, Dublin
Making and Breaking Governments (Cambridge University Press, 1996)
1996 Donald Wittman, University of California, Santa Cruz
The Myth of Democratic Failure: Why Political Institutions Are Efficient (University of Chicago Press, 1996)
1995 Beth Simmons, Duke University
Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years (Princeton University Press, 1993)
1994 Sven Steinmo, University of Colorado
Taxation and Democracy (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993)
1993 Dennis Chong, Northwestern University
Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1991)
1992 Alice Amsden, New School for Social Research
Asia's Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization (Oxford University Press, 1992)
1992 Robert Wade, University of Sussex
Governing the Market: Economic Theory and the Role of Government in East Asian Industrialization (Princeton University Press, 1990)
1991 Ronald Rogowski, University of California at Los Angeles
Commerce and Coalitions: How Trade Affects Domestic Political Alignments (Princeton University Press, 1990)
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