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Robert A. Dahl Award 

Nominations open November 2020.



The Robert A. Dahl Award honors an untenured scholar who has produced scholarship of the highest quality on the subject of democracy.

The award was established in honor of Dr. Robert Dahl, who served as APSA President in 1966.  The award is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $750. 


Nomination Information

Non-ladder faculty members and junior tenure-track faculty at universities and colleges are eligible for the Dahl Award, as are scholars at nonprofit organizations and think tanks, and independent scholars. Scholarship eligible for the Dahl Award includes books, papers, reports, and articles on the subject of democracy.

You may submit one item per nomination: one book, one article, one paper.  You will have the opportunity to upload other supporting documents through this form, such as letters of support for a nominee, or a personal statement if you are making a self-nomination. 

If you are nominating a book:

  • Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask to have a copy of the nominated book mailed directly to each award committee member listed below.
  • Publishers: After completing and submitting your nomination online through the APSA application portal, please mail a copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.

Robert Dahl Award Committee



Year Recipient Title
2020 Ashley E. Nickels Power, Participation and Protest in Flint, Michigan: Unpacking the Policy Paradox of Municipal Takeovers (Temple University Press)
2019 Alexander Hertel-Fernandez Politics at Work: How Companies Turn Their Workers into Lobbyists
2018 Paul D. Kenny Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond
2017 Candelaria Garay Social Policy Expansion in Latin American
2016 Lee Drutman The Business of America is Lobbying: How Corporations Became Politicized and Politics Became More Corporate

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