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APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award 

Nominations: October 14, 2020 - January 15, 2021. 

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The APSA-IPSA Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award honors 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.

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 award carries a cash prize of $750.  APSA and IPSA fund the award in alternating years.  


Nomination Information

  • The 2021 award recognizes books published in the previous calendar year (2020).  Books should be single-author works to be eligible for the Lowi Award.
  • Individuals: Please contact the publisher and ask to have a copy of the nominated book mailed or e-mailed directly to each award committee member.  Award committee members will be made available on the APSA website shortly.
  • Publishers: After completing and submitting your nomination online through the APSA application portal, please mail or e-mail a copy of the nominated book directly to each member of the award committee.  Award committee members will be made available on the APSA website shortly.

Theodore J. Lowi First Book Award Committee



Year Recipient Title Publisher
2020 Rachel Augustine Potter Bending the Rules: Procedural Politicking in the Bureaucracy University of Chicago Press
2019 Stephanie J. Rickard Spending to Win: Political Institutions, Economic Geography, and Government Subsidies Cambridge University Press
2018 Margaret Peters Trading Barriers: Immigration and the Remaking of Globalization Princeton University Press
2017 Dara Kay Cohen Rape During Civil War Cornell University Press
2016 Jennifer Rubenstein Between Samaritans and States: The Political Ethics of Humanitarian INGOs Oxford University Press