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Robert A. Dahl Award 

2021 Award Nomination Deadline: February 16, 2021

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The 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

  • Eligibility: Self-nominations are accepted.  Nominees do not have to be members of APSA, affiliated with an institution in the United States, or an American citizen in order to be considered for an award.  It is not compulsory that authors be political scientists.

    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, etc.

    Books must have been published in the previous calendar year to be eligible for the current awards cycle (books for the 2021 award must be published in 2020). Many books contain both a publication date and a copyright date, and these may differ. Eligibility is determined by the earlier of these dates that is printed with the publication information at the front of the book.


  • 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.

    Self-nominations are accepted.  If you nominate yourself for a book award, you assume responsibility for contacting your publisher and having copies of your book sent to the award committee.


  • 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 A. Dahl Award Committee


Chair: Professor Paul D. Kenny
Australian Catholic University
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Dr. Frederic C. Schaffer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Dr. Amber Wichowsky
Marquette University
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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

We are continually grateful for the contributions from APSA members and friends that make our work possible. Your donation helps continue the Dahl Award for future scholars researching the subject of democracy. Thank you for your support of APSA and scholars across the discipline.


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