Stein Rokkan Prize

2018 - Rafaela Dancygier

This year’s prize has been awarded to Rafaela Dancygier (Princeton University) in recognition of her book Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics, published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

About Rafaela's book

As Europe’s Muslim communities continue to grow, so does their impact on electoral politics and the potential for inclusion dilemmas. In vote-rich enclaves, Muslim views on religion, tradition, and gender roles can deviate sharply from those of the majority electorate, generating severe trade-offs for parties seeking to broaden their coalitions. Dilemmas of Inclusion explains when and why European political parties include Muslim candidates and voters, revealing that the ways in which parties recruit this new electorate can have lasting consequences.

Drawing on original evidence from thousands of electoral contests in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain, Rafaela Dancygier sheds new light on when minority recruitment will match up with existing party positions and uphold electoral alignments and when it will undermine party brands and shake up party systems. She demonstrates that when parties are seduced by the quick delivery of ethno-religious bloc votes, they undercut their ideological coherence, fail to establish programmatic linkages with Muslim voters, and miss their opportunity to build cross-ethnic, class-based coalitions. Dancygier highlights how the politics of minority inclusion can become a testing ground for parties, showing just how far their commitments to equality and diversity will take them when push comes to electoral shove.

Providing a unified theoretical framework for understanding the causes and consequences of minority political incorporation, and especially as these pertain to European Muslim populations, Dilemmas of Inclusion advances our knowledge about how ethnic and religious diversity reshapes domestic politics in today’s democracies.

In her own words...

'I am absolutely delighted that my book has been awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize. Stein Rokkan’s foundational work has shaped my own research path in comparative politics, and I am so honored that Dilemmas of Inclusion will be associated with the research tradition he helped pioneer.'

From our prize jury

In its laudation, the jury praised a 'superbly engaging book [which] provides a profoundly illuminating analysis of the causes and consequences of parties’ mobilisation of Muslim groups for contemporary European politics', and a study that 'will make a lasting contribution to the literature.'

The jury members were unanimous in their decision. Read the full laudation.

2017 - Abel Escribà-Folch, Joseph Wright

This year's prize has been awarded jointly to Abel Escribà-Folch (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) and Joseph Wright (Penn State University) in recognition of their book Foreign Pressure and the Politics of Autocratic Survival, published by Oxford University Press in 2015.

Their book asks two closely connected questions:

  • In what ways and to what extent can external actors, through the selective use of coercive foreign policy instruments, destabilise autocratic regimes?
  • How likely is it that policies aimed at destabilisation will lead to a democratic transition rather than the replacement of one autocracy by another?

Escribà-Folch and Wright provide exceptionally insightful answers to these questions in a book that is a masterly example of comparative scholarship. They seek to develop a ‘unified theory of regime change in dictatorships’ that links the use of foreign policy instruments to the calculations of autocratic rulers as they seek to stay in power and ponder the costs of losing power.

Empirical expectations are tested against a broad array of quantitative and qualitative observations relating to dictatorships since 1946 and the foreign policy tools employed to destabilise them.

The authors tackle questions of major political significance; their research is empirically impressive, theoretically sophisticated, conceptually rich, and methodologically convincing; and they present their answers in a lucid and compelling manner.

Our jury's verdict

'Escribà-Folch and Wright have written a book that exemplifies the academic virtues that the Stein Rokkan Prize is intended to honour. It asks big questions and it gives bold answers that are informed by rich empirical information, analysed with conceptual, theoretical and methodological flair and rigour. If, as many argue, autocracies are on the rise and democracies in retreat, this book helps to explain why; but it also provides perhaps surprisingly practical insights into what can be done to contain and push back autocracies.' The jury members were unanimous in their decision. Read the full laudation.

2016 - Stanislav Markus

This year's Prize has been awarded to Stanislav Markus (Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina) for his book Property, Predation, and Protection: Piranha Capitalism in Russia and Ukraine (CUP 2015), which looks at the threats to business owners' property rights, and how such rights can be secured.

The Committee judged Markus' comparative analysis to be exceptionally well designed, conceptually innovative, impressive in its empirical scope and range of sources, and theoretically and methodologically rigorous.

In the words of the laudation, Markus' 'beautifully written' book 'asks questions that go to the heart of the nature of post-Soviet capitalism, the forms it takes and the forces that have shaped it.'

Stanislav Markus received his PhD from Harvard University. He works on the political economy of development, particularly with respect to property rights, corporate political activity, inequality, and governance. His research has appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Socio-Economic Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Daedalus, and Polity, among others. Prof. Markus is the recipient of the Harvard Academy Fellowship; the Luebbert Award for Best Article in Comparative Politics from the APSA; the Wilson Center Fellowship; and the Jean Monnet Fellowship from the European University Institute.

The full laudation from the jury can be found here.

2015 - Marius Busemeyer

The recipient of the 2015 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research was Marius R. Busemeyer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Konstanz, for his book Skills and Inequality: Partisan Politics and the Political Economy of Education Reforms in Western Welfare States (2014, Cambridge University Press). In this book Busemeyer’s central ambition is to show that education and training systems are central to understanding the evolution of Western European welfare systems. The Jury felt that 'He does so through a comparative historical analysis reaching back to the immediate post-war period in Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom that is innovative in its analytical ambitions; theoretically sophisticated; exceptionally broad-ranging in its empirical scope; and rigorous in methodological terms. As such, the book constitutes a 'very substantial and original contribution in comparative social science research', as stipulated as the main criterion for the award of the Stein Rokkan Prize.'

Marius Busemeyer studied political science, economics and public law at the University of Heidelberg, where he received his PhD in 2006. He served as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, between 2006 and 2010. In 2010, the University of Cologne granted him the 'venia legendi' (Habilitation) in Political Science. His research focuses on comparative political economy, welfare states, public spending, social democratic parties and theories of institutional change.

2014 - Christian Welzel

The 2014 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research has been awarded to Christian Welzel in recognition of his book Freedom Rising: Human Empowerment and the Quest for Emancipation (2013, Cambridge University Press).

Christian Welzel is the Political Culture Research Professor at Leuphana University, Germany. He is also President (emer.) and Vice-President of the World Values Survey Association and Special Consultant to the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg/Russia. His research focuses on human empowerment, emancipative values, cultural change and democratization. A recipient of various large-scale grants, Welzel is the author of more than a hundred scholarly publications. Besides his just published Freedom Rising (also winner of the Alexander L. George Award, see, his most recent books include: The Civic Culture Transformed (with Russell J. Dalton, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press); Democratization (with Christian Haerpfer, Ronald Inglehart and Patrick Bernhagen, 2009, Oxford University Press) and Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy (with Ronald Inglehart, 2005, Cambridge University Press).

The full laudation from the jury can be found here.

2013 - Dorothee Bohle & Bela Greskovits

The 2013 Prize was awarded to Dorothee Bohle and Bela Greskovits, for their book entitled Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery.

Dorothee Bohle is Professor of Political Science at Central European University, Budapest. She specialises in the comparative political economy of Eastern Europe, with a focus on welfare regimes, industrial relations and tiny states. She is co-author of Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery, and her work has appeared in Studies in Comparative International Development, West European Politics, Journal of Democracy, European Journal of Sociology, and Review of International Political Economy among others. She received her PhD from Free University of Berlin, and was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at European University Institute, Florence.

Béla Greskovits is Professor of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University. His research interests are in social movements and protest, and the political economy of policy reform and transnational integration in Eastern Europe. He is author of The Political Economy of Protest and Patience, and co-author of Capitalist Diversity on Europe’s Periphery. He has published in International Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Labor History, West European Politics, European Journal of Sociology, and Journal of Democracy. He received his PhD from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and held the Luigi Einaudi Chair at Cornell University.

2012 - Pepper Culpepper

Pepper D. Culpepper is Professor of Political Science at the European University Institute in Italy. His research focuses on the interaction between capitalism and democracy, both in politics and in public policy. He is the author of Creating Cooperation and co-editor of Changing France and of The German Skills Machine. His work has appeared in International Organization, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Revue Française de Science Politique, Politische Vierteljahresschrift, West European Politics, Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Public Policy, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy, among others. He received his PhD from Harvard University and was a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University.

2011 - James McGuire

James W. McGuire is Professor and Chair in the Department of Government at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He received his BA from Swarthmore College and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He specialises in the comparative politics of developing countries, with a particular focus on democracy, social welfare policies, and public health. He is the author of Peronism without Perón: Unions, Parties, and Democracy in Argentina (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997) and of Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010). Professor McGuire is a recipient of Wesleyan's Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

2010 - Beth A. Simmons

Beth A. Simmons is the winner of the ISSC’s XVth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. She is author of 'Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics' (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009). Beth Simmons is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Her book, 'Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years, 1924-1939', was recognized by the American Political Science Association in 1995 as the best book published in 1994 in government, politics, or international relations, as was her recent book, Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics (2009). She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, to the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences in 2011, and received a Guggenheim in 2012. Her current areas of research interest are foreign direct investment law and international legal cooperation to address transnational crime.

2009 - Robert E Goodin, James Mahmud Rice, Antti Parpo, Lina Eriksson

The Jury of the ISSC XIIIth and XIVth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research awarded the 2009 prize to the following group of collaborating authors for their book 'Discretionary Time. A New Measure of Freedom'. The Award Ceremony took place at the first World Social Science Forum (WSSF), Bergen, Norway in May 2009.

  • Robert E. Goodin (Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia),
  • James Mahmud Rice (Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia)
  • Antti Parpo (Somero Social and Health Services, Finland)
  • Lina Eriksson (Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia)

2008 - Cas Mudde

Cas Mudde, Belgium, Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe

2006 - Milada Anna Vachudova

Milada Anna Vachudova specialises in the democratisation of postcommunist Europe, the enlargement of the European Union, and the impact of international actors on domestic politics. She is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her book, Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration After Communism (Oxford University Press, 2005) analyses how the leverage of an enlarging EU has influenced domestic politics and facilitated a convergence toward liberal democracy among credible future members of the EU in Central and Eastern Europe. Europe Undivided was awarded the XIIth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research in 2006. Professor Vachudova is now focusing on democratisation and international engagement in the Western Balkans. She has held fellowships and research grants from many institutions including the European University Institute in Italy, the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, the Center for International Studies at Princeton University and the National Science Foundation. As a British Marshall Scholar and a member of St. Antony’s College, she completed a DPhil in the Faculty of Politics at the University of Oxford.

2004 - Daniele Caramani

Daniele Caramani, Italy/Swiss, The Nationalization of Politics

2002 - Patrick Le Galès

Patrick Le Galès, France, European Cities, Social Conflicts and Governance

2000 - Eva Anduiza-Perea

Eva Anduiza-Perea, Spain, Individual and Systemic Determinants of Electoral Abstention in Western Europe

1998 - Robert Rohrschneider

Robert Rohrschneider, USA, Learning Democracy: Democratic and Economic Values in Unified Germany

1996 - Kees van Kersbergen

Kees van Kersbergen, The Netherlands, Social Capitalism: A Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State


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