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Comparative Democratization (Section 35)

The Comparative Democratization Section exists to promote the analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of democratization among nations, spur communication among political scientists whose scholarship focuses on particular world regions, and stimulate greater involvement within APSA of political scientists working in various areas like Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Far East, Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

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Section Officers

Chair
Rachel Beatty Riedl
Northwestern University
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Vice Chair
Margit Tavits
Washington University in St. Louis
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Secretary
Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro
Brown University
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Gothenburg University
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Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

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Best Article Award

Single-authored or co-authored articles focusing directly on the subject of democratization and published in 2017 are eligible. Nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Copies of the article should be sent by email to each of the committee members.

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Deadline for nominations: March 16, 2018

Award Committee:

Kurt Weyland, Chair
University of Texas-Austin
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Milan Svolik
Yale University
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Sarah Shair-Rosenfield
Arizona State University
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Best Book Award

Given for the best book in the field of Comparative Democratization published in 2017 (authored, co-authored or edited). Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each committee member in time to arrive by March 16, 2018. Books received after this deadline cannot be considered.

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Deadline for nominations: March 16, 2018

Award Committee:

Stephan Haggard, Chair
University of California, San Diego
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Sheena Chestnut Greitens
University of Missouri
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Erik S. Herron
West Virginia University
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Best Field Work Award

This prize rewards dissertation students who conduct especially innovative and difficult fieldwork. Scholars who are currently writing their dissertations or who complete their dissertations in 2017 are eligible. Candidates must submit two chapters of their dissertation and a letter of nomination from the chair of their dissertation committee describing the field work. The material submitted must describe the field work in detail and should provide one or two key insights from the evidence collected in the field. The chapters may be sent electronically or in hard copy directly to each committee member.

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Deadline for nominations: March 16, 2018

Award Committee:

Daniel Corstange, Chair
Columbia University
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Nicholas Barnes
Brown University
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Sarah Bush
Temple University
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Best Paper Award

Given to the best paper on Comparative Democratization presented at the previous year’s APSA Convention. Papers must be nominated by panel chairs or discussants.

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Nomination Instructions: Nominated papers must be sent by email to each committee member listed below.

Deadline for nominations: March 16, 2018

Award Committee:

Lenka Bustikova, Chair
Arizona State University
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Cristina Corduneanu-Huci
Central European University
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Jonathan Krieckhaus
University of Missouri
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Juan Linz Best Dissertation Award

Given for the best dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy completed and accepted in the two calendar years immediately prior to the APSA Annual Meeting where the award will be presented (2016 or 2017 for the 2018 Annual Meeting). The prize can be awarded to analyses of individual country cases as long as they are clearly cast in a comparative perspective. A hard copy of the dissertation, accompanied by a letter of support from a member of the dissertation committee should be sent to each member of the prize selection committee.

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Deadline for nominations: March 16, 2018

Award Committee:

Karen E. Ferree, Chair
University of California, San Diego
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Avital Livny
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
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Matthew Rhodes Purdy
Washington University in St. Louis
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