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APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award

The APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award has been established to honor Lowi’s distinctive contributions to the study of politics.  Throughout a prolific and influential career, Lowi developed new understandings of the relationship of public policy to politics, the influence of institutional arrangements to the exercise of power, the role of ideology in the development of political parties, the relationship of democracy to law, the relevance of concept analysis for theory building, and more.

The Lowi Award recognizes the author of a first book in any field of political science that exemplifies qualities of broad ambition, high originality, and intellectual daring, showing promise of having a substantive impact on the overall discipline, regardless of method, specific focus of inquiry or approach to subject.  The award carries a cash prize of $750.00. 

APSA and IPSA will administer and fund the Lowi Award in alternating years.  IPSA will award it at the 2018 IPSA World Congress of Political Science.

For questions about the Lowi Award, please contact [email protected].

Submit a nomination for the 2019 award here.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 12, 2019.

↕ Submit a Nomination

Nominations should be submitted electronically using APSA's form located here

This year's prize recognizes books published in the previous calendar year (2017).  Books should be single-author works to be eligible for the Lowi Award.

Nominators are responsible for shipping or sending books to the award committee after submitting a nomination.  Shipping information for award committee members is available below.  All books being shipped should be postmarked by no later than Monday, February 12, 2018 in order to be considered.

Award Committee Information

Term expiring August 2019

Chair: Desmond King
University of Oxford
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford OX1 1NF
United Kingdom
[email protected]

Two committee members (appointed by IPSA)

Prior Lowi Award Winners

2018: Margaret Peters, University of California
Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization

2017: Dara Kay Cohen, Cornell University Press
Rape During Civil War

2016: Jennifer Rubenstein, University of Virginia 
Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs (Oxford University Press)


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