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Organized Section 35: Best Book Award

Comparative Democratization Section Award Recipients

Best Book Award
Given for the best book in the field of Comparative Democratization published in 2013 (authored, co-authored or edited). Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each committee member in time to arrive by March 14, 2014. Books received after this deadline cannot be considered.


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 
2015  Honorable Mention
Rachel Beatty Ridel, Northwestern University
Authoritarian Origins of Democratic Party Systems in Africa. Cambridge University Press, 2014 
2015  Honorable Mention
Ben Ansell, Oxford University
Inequality and Democratization an Elite-Competition Approach. Cambridge University Press, 2014 
2015  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)
2013 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
2011 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
2010 Tom Ginsburg, University of Chicago
The Endurance of National Constitutions
2010 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)
2005 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)
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