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.