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Organized Section Awards

In an effort to bring attention to exceptional scholarship, many organized sections have established awards. Currently there are more than 100 such awards honoring dissertations, papers, articles, books and career achievement. Winners are generally selected by member committees appointed by the chair or executive committee of the section. The organized section recognize winners at their annual business meetings, which are held in conjunction with the APSA Annual Meeting.

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Book Awards

Martha Derthick Book Award (Section 01: Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations)
C. Herman Pritchett Award for Best Book in Law and Courts (Section 02: Law and Courts)
Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Prize (3. Legislative Studies)
Alan Rosenthal Prize (3. Legislative Studies)
Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award (4. Public Policy)
Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award (5. Political Organizations and Parties)
Herbert A. Simon Best Book Award (6. Public Administration)
Best Book Award (7. Conflict Processes)
George H. Hallet Award (8. Representation and Electoral Systems)
Richard E. Neustadt Award for Best Book on Executive Politics (9. Presidents and Executive Politics)
Richard E. Neustadt Award for Best Reference Work on the Presidency (9. Presidents and Executive Politics)
Hubert Morken Book Award (11. Religion and Politics)
Dennis Judd Best Book Award (13. Urban and Local Politics)
Lynton Keith Caldwell Award (15. Science, Technology & Environmental Politics)
Don K. Price Award (15. Science, Technology & Environmental Politics)
First Book Award (17. Foundations of Political Theory)
David Easton Award (17. Foundations of Political Theory)
Best Book Award (18. Information Technology and Politics)
Luebbert Best Book Award (20. Comparative Politics)
Best Book Award (21. European Politics and Society)
Virginia Gray Best Book Award (22. State Politics and Policy)
Mac Jewell Enduring Contribution Award (22. State Politics and Policy)
Doris Graber Outstanding Book Award (23. Political Communication)
J. David Greenstone Book Award (24. Politics and History)
William H. Riker Book Award (25. Political Economy)
Michael Harrington Book Award (27. New Political Science)
Robert E. Lane Best Book Award (28. Political Psychology)
Best Book Award (31. Foreign Policy)
Philip E. Converse Best Book Award (32. Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior)
Best Book Award (33. Race, Ethnicity and Politics)
Robert L. Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder Best Book Award (34. International History and Politics)
Best Book Award (36. Human Rights)
Giovanni Sartori Book Award (37. Qualitative and Multi-Method Research)
Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award (40. Canadian Politics)
Best Book Award (41. Political Networks)
Best Book Award (42. Experimental Research)
Best Book Award (43. Migration and Citizenship)
Best Chapter Award (43. Migration and Citizenship)
Best Book in American Political Thought (47. American Political Thought)

Paper Awards

Deil S. Wright Best Paper Award (1. Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations)
Best Graduate Student Paper Award (2. Law and Courts)
Best Conference Paper Award (2. Law and Courts)
CQ Press Award (3. Legislative Studies)
Best Comparative Policy Paper Award (with JCPA) (4. Public Policy)
Best Paper on Public Policy Award (4. Public Policy)
POP Party Politics Best APSA Paper Award (5. Political Organizations and Parties)
Paul A. Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant Award (6. Public Administration)
Herbert Kaufman Award (6. Public Administration)
Best Paper Award (7. Conflict Processes)
Leon Weaver Award (8. Representation and Electoral Systems)
Founder’s Best Paper Award (9. Presidents and Executive Politics)
Founder’s Best Graduate Student Paper Award (9. Presidents and Executive Politics)
Harold F. Gosnell Prize (10. Political Methodology)
Weber Best Conference Paper Award (11. Religion and Politics)
Kenneth D. Wald Best Graduate Student Paper Award (11. Religion and Politics)
Best Paper Award (13. Urban and Local Politics)
The Evan Ringquist Best Paper Award (15. Science, Technology & Environmental Politics)
Paul A. Sabatier Best Conference Paper Award (15. Science, Technology & Environmental Politics)
Best Paper Award (16. Women and Politics Research)
Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory (16. Women and Politics Research)
Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory (17. Foundations of Political Theory)
Best Paper Award (17. Foundations of Political Theory)
Best Conference Paper Award (18. Information Technology and Politics)
Sage Best Paper Award (20. Comparative Politics)
Best Paper Award (21. European Politics and Society)
SPPQ Best Paper Award (22. State Politics and Policy)
Timothy E. Cook Best Graduate Student Paper Award (23. Political Communication)
Paul Lazarsfeld Best Paper Award (23. Political Communication)
Fiona McGillivray Prize Best Paper Award (25. Political Economy)
Christian Bay Best Paper Award (27. New Political Science)
Best Paper Award (28. Political Psychology)
The Best APSA Conference Paper Award (29. Political Science Education)
Wilson Carey McWilliams Best Paper Award (30. Politics, Literature, and Film)
Best Paper Award (31. Foreign Policy)
Best Graduate Student Paper Award (31. Foreign Policy)
Best Paper Award (32. Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior)
John Sullivan Award (32. Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior)
Graduate Student Travel Awards (32. Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior)
Best Paper Award (33. Race, Ethnicity and Politics)
Best Paper Award (35. Comparative Democratization)
Sage Paper Award (37. Qualitative and Multi-Method Research)
Cynthia Weber Best Conference Paper Award (38. Sexuality and Politics)
Leonard S. Robins Best Paper Award (39. Health Politics and Policy)
Best Conference Paper Award (41. Political Networks)
John Sprague Award (41. Political Networks)
Best Paper Award (42. Experimental Research)
Best Paper Award (43. Migration and Citizenship)
Best Paper Award (45. Class and Inequality)
Graduate Student Paper Award (46. Ideas, Knowledge and Politics)
Best Conference Paper Award (47. American Political Thought)

Article Awards

John Kincaid Best Article Award (1. Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations)
Best Journal Article Award (2. Law and Courts)
Jewell-Loewenberg Award (3. Legislative Studies)
Alan Rosenthal Prize (3. Legislative Studies)
Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award (4. Public Policy)
Theodore J. Lowi Policy Studies Journal Best Article Award (4. Public Policy)
Jack Walker Award (5. Political Organizations and Parties)
Best Article Award (6. Public Administration)
Lawrence Longley Award (8. Representation and Electoral Systems)
Warren Miller Article Prize (10. Political Methodology) 
Ted G. Jelen Best Article Award (11. Religion and Politics)
Best Information Technology & Politics Article Award (18. Information Technology and Politics)
Best Article Award (19. International Security)
Greg Luebbert Article Award (20. Comparative Politics)
Best Article Award (21. European Politics and Society)
Best Article Award (22. State Politics and Policy)
Walter Lippman Best Published Article Award (23. Political Communication)
Mary Parker Follett Award for Best Article (24. Politics and History)
Michael Wallerstein Award (25. Political Economy)
Best Article in Political Behavior Award (32. Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior)
Outstanding Article Award in International History and Politics (34. International History and Politics)
Best Article Award (35. Comparative Democratization)
Alexander L. George Article-Chapter Award (37. Qualitative and Multi-Method Research)
Political Ties Award (41. Political Networks)
Best Article Award (43. Migration and Citizenship)
Best Article Award (47. American Political Thought)

Career Awards

Daniel Elazar Distinguished Federalism Scholar Award (1. Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations)
Lasting Contribution Award (2. Law and Courts)
Lifetime Achievement Award (2. Law and Courts)
Law and Courts Service Award (2. Law and Courts)
Barbara Sinclair Legacy Award (3. Legislative Studies)
Samuel J. Eldersveld Career Achievement Lifetime Award (5. Political Organizations and Parties)
Lifetime Achievement Award (7. Conflict Processes)
Presidents and Executive Politics Group Career Service Award (9. Presidents and Executive Politics)
The Legacy Award (9. Presidents and Executive Politics)
Career Achievement Award (10. Political Methodology)
Norton Long Career Achievement Award (13. Urban and Local Politics)
Elinor Ostrom Career Achievement Award (15. Science, Technology & Environmental Politics)
Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Public Service (19. International Security)
Career Achievement Award (22. State Politics and Policy)
David Swanson Career Achievement Award (23. Political Communication)
Murray Edelman Lifetime Distinguished Career Award (23. Political Communication)
Charles A. McCoy Career Achievement Award (27. New Political Science)
Hazel Gaudet Erskine Political Psychology Career Achievement Award (28. Political Psychology)
The Distinguished Service Award (29. Political Science Education)
Lifetime Achievement Award (29. Political Science Education)
Distinguished Scholar Award (31. Foreign Policy)
Warren E. Miller Prize (32. Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior)
David Collier Mid-Career Achievement Award (37. Qualitative and Multi-Method Research)
Health Politics and Policy: Public Engagement Award (39. Health Politics and Policy)
Mildred Schwartz Lifetime Achievement (40. Canadian Politics)
Career Achievement Award in Political Networks (41. Political Networks)
Public Service Award (42. Experimental Research)
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