The American Political Science Association       

Political Economy

Awards Award Committees Previous Winners


The Political Economy Section awards three annual prizes:

William H. Riker Award
given for the best book on political economy. One copy of each book should be sent to each committee member. 

Mancur Olson Award
given for the best dissertation completed and accepted in the previous two years. One copy of each dissertation should be sent to each committee member.  

Michael Wallerstein Award
given for the best published article in Political Economy in the previous calendar year.

Best Paper Award
given for the best paper in Political Economy presented at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting.

Award Committees, 2007-08:

William H. Riker Award for Best Book:        

Mancur Olson Award for Best Dissertation

Michael Wallerstein Award for Best Published Article:

Best Paper in Political Economy presented at the APSA meeting.

The William H. Riker Award for the best book on political economy.

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 J. Hiscox
Harvard University
International Trade and Political Conflict: Commerce, Coalitions and Mobility (Princeton University Press, 2001)
  John D. Huber
Columbia University
Charles R. Shipan
University of Iowa
Deliberate Discretion?: The Institutional Foundations of Bureaucratic Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
2002 Gene M. Grossman and Elhanan Helpman Special Interest Politics (MIT Press, 2001)
2001 Charles M. Cameron
Columbia University
Veto Barganing: Presidents and the Politics of Negative Power (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
2000 Robert Powell
University of California, Berkeley
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 W. 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
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 A. 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 (Yale University Press, 1993)
1993 Dennis Chong
Northwestern University
Collective Action and the Civil Rights Movement (Chicago University Press, 1991)
1992 Alice H. Amsden
New School for Social Research
Asia's Next Giant: South Koreaand Late Industrialization (Oxford University Press, 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, Los Angeles
Commerce and Coalitions: How trade Affects Domestic Political Alignments (Princeton University Press, 1990)

The Mancur Olson Award for the best dissertation on political economy.

2006 Guillermo Trejo
Duke University
"Indigenous Insurgency: Protest, Rebellion, and the Politicization of Ethnicity in 20th Century Mexico"
2005 Christopher Adolph
Harvard University
"The Dilemma of Disretion: Career Ambitions and the Politics of Central Banking"
2004 Scott G. Gehlbach
University of California, Berkeley
"Taxability and State Support of Economic Activity"
2003 Alex Segura-Ubiergo
Columbia University
"Globalization, Domestic Politics and the Welfare State in the Developing World: Latin America in Comparative Perspective, 1973-1997"
2002 Rod Alence, Stanford University "World Markets and the Politics of African Open Economies: Domestic Policy Responses to External Volatility in Ghana"
2001 Catherine Hafer
University of Rochester
"The Political Economy of Emerging Property Rights"
1999 Andrew Martin
Washington University
"Strategic Decision Making and the Separation of Powers"
1998 Alberto Diaz-Cayeros
Duke University
"Political Responses to Regional Inequality: Taxation and Distribution in Mexico"
1997 William Bernhard
Duke University
"Legislatures, Governments, and Bureaucratic Structure: Explaining Central Bank Independence"
1996 Clark Gibson
Indiana University
"Politicians, Peasants, and Poachers: The Political Economy of Wildlife Policy in Zambia, 1964-1991"
1995 Dean Lacy
Duke University
"Nonseparable Preference in Politics: Implications for Social Choice, Elections, and Public Opinion"
1994 Charles R. Shipan
Stanford University
"Judicial Review as a Political Variable: Interest Groups, Congress, and Communications Policy"
1993 Arun Agrawal
Duke University
"Risks, Resources, and Politics: Studies of Institution and Resource Use from Village India"

Best Paper Award for the best paper in Political Economy presented at the previous year's APSA Annual Meeting.

2006 Sarah Brooks and Marcus Kurtz
Ohio State University
"The Politics of Time Horizons: Strategic Dynamics of Capital Account and Trade Liberalization in Contemporary Latin America"
2005 William T. Bernhard
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
David Leblang
University of Colorado, Boulder
"When Markets Party: Stocks, Bonds and Cabinet Formations"
2004 Torben Iversen
Harvard University
Frances Rosenbluth
Yale University
"The Political Economy of Gender: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Household Bargaining, Divorce, and the Gender Voting Gap"

Michael Wallerstein Award for Best Article

2006 Abhijit Banerjee
Lakshmi Iyer
Harvard University
"History, Institutions, and Economic Performance: The Legacy of Colonial Land Tenure Systems in India," American Economic Review 95(4)