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Democracy and Autocracy (Section 35)

The Democracy and Autocracy section exists to promote the analysis of the origins, processes, and outcomes of democratization among nations, spur communication among political scientists whose scholarship focuses on particular world regions, and stimulate greater involvement within APSA of political scientists working in various areas like Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, the Far East, Europe, and the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Founded: 2000
Website: https://connect.apsanet.org/s35/
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Section Awards

Section awards are presented during the APSA annual meeting awards ceremony. To learn more about any award listed, contact the award committee chair for the award.

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Best Article Award

Solo- or co-authored articles focusing directly on the subject of democracy, autocracy and/or regime change and published in 2022 are eligible. Nominations and self-nominations are encouraged. Copies of the article should be sent by email to each of the committee members. Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Amy Catalinac New York University [email protected] 
Lucia Motolinia Washington University in St. Louis [email protected] 
Steven White  Syracuse University [email protected] 

Best Book Award

Given for the best book in the comparative study of democracy, autocracy and/or regime change published in 2022 (authored, co-authored, or edited). Copies of the nominated book should be sent to each committee member in time to arrive by March 15, 2023. Books received after this deadline will not be considered. Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023.

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Richard Snyder  Brown University  [email protected]
Bryn Rosenfeld Cornell University [email protected]
Michael Albertus University of Chicago [email protected] 

Best Fieldwork Award

This prize rewards dissertation students who conduct especially innovative and difficult fieldwork in the comparative study of regime change. Scholars who are currently writing their dissertations or who completed their dissertations in 2022 are eligible. Candidates must submit two chapters of their dissertation and a short letter of nomination from the chair of their dissertation committee describing the field work. The material submitted must describe the field work in detail and should provide one or two key insights from the evidence collected in the field. The chapters may be sent electronically or in hard copy directly to each committee member.. Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Jillian Schwedler Hunter College, CUNY  [email protected]
Kaustav Chakrabarti  Ashoka University  [email protected] 
Carolyn Barnett University of Arizona [email protected] 

Best Paper Award

Given to the best paper on the comparative study of democracy, autocracy and/or regime change presented at the previous year's APSA Convention. Papers can be nominated by panel chairs or discussants. Self-submissions are also encouraged. Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Sirianne Dahlum  University of Oslo [email protected]
Thomas Mustillo University of Notre Dame [email protected]
Dan Mattingly Yale University  [email protected] 

Juan Linz Best Dissertation Award

Given for the best dissertation on democratization and/or the development and dynamics of democracy and authoritarianism completed and accepted in the two calendar years immediately prior to the APSA Annual Meeting where the award will be presented (2021 or 2022 for the 2023 Annual Meeting). The prize can be awarded to analyses of individual country cases as long as they are clearly cast in a comparative perspective. A copy of the dissertation, accompanied by a letter of support from a member of the dissertation committee, should be sent to each member of the prize selection committee.

Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2023

Award Committee

Name Affiliation Email
Rikhil Bhavnani University of Wisconsin [email protected]
Agnes Cornell  University of Gothenburg [email protected]
Didac Queralt  Yale University [email protected]