Benjamin E. Lippincott Award 

Nominations are now closed.

The Benjamin E. Lippincott Award honors the scholarship of a living political theorist that is still considered significant after 15 years since the date of publication.

The biennial award, supported by University of Minnesota, is presented at the APSA Annual Meeting and carries a cash prize of $5,000 as well as an opportunity to record a podcast.  The award will be presented again in 2021.

Benjamin E. Lippincott Award Committee

2019 Award Recipient 


Philip Pettit
is L.S. Rockefeller University Professor of Human Values at Princeton University and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University. He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in the philosophy of mind. He is the single author of a number of books in political philosophy, including Republicanism (1997); On the People’s Terms (CUP 2012); and Just Freedom (Norton 2014), which offers an updated version of his views in political theory. Among his co-authored books are The Economy of Esteem (with G.Brennan, OUP 2004) and Group Agency (with C.List, OUP 2011). He gave the Uehiro Lectures in Ethics at Oxford University in 2011, which appeared in 2014 as The Robust Demands of the Good and the Tanner Lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, which appeared in 2018 as The Birth of Ethics. He is giving the Locke Lectures in Philosophy at Oxford in April-June 2019. Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit appeared from OUP in 2007, edited by Geoffrey Brennan et al.

Year Recipient Title Submitted by
2019 Philip Pettit

Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government

Oxford University Press, 1997


Bernard Boxill Blacks and Social Justice Rowman & Littlefield, 1984


James Scott Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed Yale University Press, 1997
2013 Charles Taylor

Sources of the Self

Harvard University Press, 1989
2011 Alasdair MacIntyre

After Virtue

University of Notre Dame, 1981
2009 Kenneth J. Arrow

Social Choice and Individual Values

Yale University Press, 1951
2009 Jürgen Habermas Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere
MIT Press, 1962
2007 Anthony Downs

An Economic Theory of Democracy

Harper and Brothers, 1957
2005 Carole Pateman

The Sexual Contract

Stanford University Press, 1998
2003 Albert O. Hirschman

The Passions and the Interests: Political Arguments for Capitalism before Its Triumph

Princeton University Press, 1977
2001 Quentin Skinner

Foundations of Modern Political Thought

Cambridge University Press, 1978
1999 William E. Connolly The Terms of Political Discourse

Heath Publishers, 1974

1997 Hanna F. Pitkin The Concept of Representation

University of California Press, 1972

1995 Charles E. Lindblom Politics and Markets: The World's Political-Economic Systems

Basic Books, 1977

1993 J.G.A. Pocock

The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republic Tradition

Princeton University Press, 1975

1991 Michael Walzer

The Revolutions of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics

Harvard University Press, 1965

1989 Robert A. Dahl

A Preface to Democratic Theory

University of Chicago Press, 1956

1987 John Rawls

A Theory of Justic

1985 Sheldon Wolin

Politics and Vision

1984 Sir Isaiah Berlin

Collected essays on political theory, dating from 1939 through 1969

1983 Duncan Black

The Theory of Committees and Elections

1982 Michael Oakeshott

Experience and Its Modes, and two essays, "The Voice of Poetry" and his Introduction to Hobbes' Leviathan

1981 Simone de Beauvoir

The Second Sex

1980 H.L.A. Hart

The Concept of Law

1979 C.B. Macpherson

The Political Theory of Possessive Individualism

1978 Eric Voegelin

The New Political Science, and Order and History

1977 Louis Hartz

The Liberal Tradition in America

1976 Karl Popper

The Open Society and Its Enemies

1975 Hannah Arendt

The Human Condition