Professor Ben Ansell wins APSA 2015 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award

Congratulations to Ben Ansell, who has been given this year's Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award by the American Political Science Association for his book 'Inequality and Democratization: An Elite-Competition Approach' (CUP 2014).

'The book is a major contribution to the field of political economy that will inspire and challenge researchers and students alike.' Toke Aidt, University of Cambridge

'This is path-breaking research that will change the way social scientists think about one of the really big questions.' Barbara Geddes, University of California, Los Angeles

'Ansell and Samuels are sure to join the ranks of Acemoglu and Robinson, Boix, and Przeworski in furthering our understanding of democratization.' Barry R. Weingast, Stanford University

The Woodrow Wilson Award is given annually for the best book on government, politics, or international affairs.  The award is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton University.  It carries a cash prize of $5,000.  You can read more by clicking here:


In another great result of Oxford political science, Dr Henry Thomson of Nuffield College receieved the Juan Linz best dissertation prize from APSA’s Comparative Democratization section. 

Competition for both these awards is huge, so these are terrific achievements.