Call for Nomination Aaron Wildavsky AwardAPSA section on Public Policy

07/03/2017 Goss Kristin


The APSA Public Policy section is seeking nominations for the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award, which goes to an article or book on public policy that has had a major impact on the field. Prior winners are here: Typically, these works have been published ~15-20 years prior to the award.


To nominate a book or article, please send a one-paragraph summary of why the nominated work is worthy of the award. Please email the nomination to Kristin Goss (Chair), The deadline is March 15. The committee members are Kristin Goss (Duke University), Mark Peterson (UCLA), and Philippe Zittoun (University of Lyon). 



Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award

The Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award is given for the best book or article published in the general area of public policy during the past twenty (20) plus years. The book or article should have had a major impact on the field. This award carries a $500 prize.


  • 2016, Robert D. Putnam, Harvard University, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community. Simon and Schuster, 2001.
  •  2015, James C. Scott, Yale University, Seeing Like A State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed. Yale University Press, 1998 
  • 2013, Theda Skocpol, Harvard University, Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1992)
  • 2012, Lester Salamon, Johns Hopkins University, Partners in Public Service: Government-Nonprofit Relations in the Modern Welfare State (Johns Hopkins University Press,1995)
  • 2011, Paul Pierson, University of California, Berkeley, "Increasing Returns, Path Dependence, and the Study of Politics,"
  • 2009, Peter Hall, University of Washington, Governing the Economy: The Politics of State Intervention in Britain and France (Oxford University, 1986)
  • 2009, Jennifer Hochschild, University of Washington, The Shifting Politics of Multiracialism in the United States
  • 2006, Charles Lindblom, Yale University, Politics and Markets: The World's Political Economic Systems (Basic Books, 1977)
  • 2005, Gosta Esping-Anderson, European University Institute, The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism (Princeton University Press, 1990).
  • 2004, James March, Stanford University, Rediscovering Institutions: The Organizational Basis of Politics (New York: The Free Press, 1989)
  • 2004, Johan Olsen, ARENA, University of Oslo, Co-Authored with James March: Rediscovering Institutions: The Organizational Basis of Politics (New York: The Free Press, 1989)
  • 2003, Martha Derthick, University of Virginia, The Politics of Deregulation (Brookings Institution Press, 1985)
  • 2003, Paul Quirk, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, The Politics of Deregulation (Brookings Institution Press 1985)
  • 2002, Deborah Stone, Dartmouth College, Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision-Making (W.W. Norton, 1988)
  • 2001, Frank Baumgartner, Pennsylvania State University, Agendas and Instability in American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 1993)