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Scientific Prizes

The ISSC awards two prestigious international prizes:


Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research

The Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research was first awarded in 1981 in honour of Stein Rokkan (1921-1979), who pioneered this type of research. Rokkan was a Norwegian political scientist and sociologist. A professor in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen in Norway, he was Vice-President of the International Sociological Association from 1966 to 1970, President of the International Political Science Association from 1970 to 1973, President of the International Social Science Council from 1973 to 1977, and co-founder and Chairman, from 1970 to 1976, of the European Consortium for Political Research. The Prize was instituted jointly by the ISSC and the Conjunto Universitario Candido Mendes in Brazil, and until 2002 the Prize was awarded jointly by both institutions. Candido Mendes served as President of the ISSC from 1981 to 1992.

The Prize is awarded for very substantial and original contributions in comparative social science research. Submissions can be either an unpublished manuscript of book length, or a printed book, or collected works published no more than two years before the award year. Laureates receive a diploma and a cash prize, which is awarded by the ISSC during a meeting of its General Assembly, before which laureates are usually asked to deliver a public lecture.

Since 2008, and thanks to the generous support of the University of Bergen, where Stein Rokkan was professor of comparative politics, the Stein Rokkan Prize amounts to €5000 and is awarded on an annual basis.

2011 Stein Rokkan Prize

James W. McGuire, winner of the Stein Rokkan Prize 2011The International Social Science Council (ISSC), the University of Bergen and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) are pleased to announce that James W. McGuire is the winner of the XVIth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. He is the author of  ‘Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Click here to see the Laudation of this prize-winning work.

The 2011 prize jury consisted of:
• Professor Klaus Armingeon, Universität Bern (chair)
• Professor Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen/Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
• Professor Peter Mair, European University Institute, Firenze
• Professor Manfred G Schmidt, Universität Heidelberg
2010 Stein Rokkan Prize

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).

Click here to see Laudation of the 2010 prize-winning work.

The 2010 prize jury consisted of:
• Professor Klaus Armingeon, Universität Bern (chair)
• Professor Maurizio Ferrera, Università degli studi di Milano
• Professor Stein Kuhnle, University of Bergen/Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
• Professor Manfred Schmidt, Universität Heidelberg

 

2009 Stein Rokkan Prize

The Jury of the ISSC XIIIth and XIVth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research awarded the 2009 prize to a group of collaborating authors:

  • 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)

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.

Jury laudation: ‘Discretionary Time. A New Measure of Freedom’

2008 Stein Rokkan Prize

The 2008 prize was awarded to Prof. Cas Mudde (University of Antwerp, Belgium) for his book “Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe’.

The Jury made the following comments: ‘Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe’

2006 Stein Rokkan Prize

act_vachudovasrpThe XIIth Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research (2006) was awarded to Milada Anna Vachudova (USA) at a ceremony held in Paris, on 9 November 2007, during the ISSC Executive Committee’s 106th Session. The Prize was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Knowledge. Professor Vachudova was awarded the prize for her book Europe undivided: democracy, leverage & integration after communism, published in 2005 by Oxford University Press. In judging this work, the Stein Rokkan Jury recognised that sound methodology, a rich and broad empirical basis, as well as analytical precision characterise Professor Vachudova’s research. Her book makes an important and original theoretical contribution to our understanding of the transition of the countries of the former Communist Bloc and speaks to several debates currently taken on by comparative politics, international relations and European studies.

See Oxford Scholarship Online for an abstract and further details of this book.

Stein Rokkan Prize laureates:
Year Country Author Publication
2011 USA James W. McGuire Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America
2010 USA Beth Simmons Mobilizing for Human Rights. International Law in Domestic Politics
2009 USA USAFinlandSweden Robert Goodin James M  RiceAntti ParpoLina Eriksson Discretionary Time. A New Measure of Freedom
2008 USA Cas Mudde Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe
2006 USA Milada Anna Vachudova Europe Undivided: Democracy, Leverage and Integration after Communism
2004 Italy/Switzerland Daniel Caramani The Nationalization of Politics. The Formation of National Electorates and Party Systems in Western Europe
2002 France Patrick Le Galès European Cities, Social Conflicts and Governance
2000 Spain Eva Anduiza-Perea Individual and Systemic Determinants of Electoral Abstention in Western Europe
1998 USA Robert Rohrschneider Learning Democracy: Democratic and Economic Values in Unified Germany
1996 The Netherlands Kees van Kersbergen Social Capitalism: A Study of Christian Democracy and the Welfare State
1992 Norway Kaare Strom Minority Government and Majority Rule
1990 Italy and The Netherlands Stefano Bartolini and Peter Mair Identity: Competition and Electoral Availability: The Stabilisation of European Electorates, 1885-1985
1988 USA Charles Ragin The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies
1986 Canada Louis M. Imbeau Bounded Rationality and Collective Decision-Making: A Comparative Analysis of the Determinants of Donor Allocations to Third World Countries
1983 Germany Jens Alber Vom Armenhaus zum Wohlfahrtsstaat – Analysen zur Entwicklung der Sozialversicherung in Westeuropa (From the Poor House to the Welfare State - Analysis of the Development of Social Insurance in Western Europe) and for his article: “Einige Grundlagen und Begleiterscheinungen der Entwicklung der Sozialausgaben in Westeuropa, 1949-1977″ (Some Causes and Consequences of Social Security Expenditure Development in Western Europe, 1949-1977)
1981 Germany Manfred Schmidt Welfare State Policies under Bourgeois and Social Democratic Rule: An International Comparison


The Foundation Mattei Dogan (FMD) and ISSC Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research

The FMD-ISSC Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research was established in 2005 to distinguish social scientists whose work has advanced knowledge in the social sciences by crossing disciplinary boundaries and recombining different specialised subject fields in their research or writing.

The amount of the prize is US$5000. Laureates are invited to give a lecture before an international social science audience at a World Social Science Forum organised by the ISSC.

Nominations for the prize can be made by ISSC members or other professional associations in various disciplines, as well as by universities and academic institutions. The selection of a winner is made by an international jury of scholars.

prize_dapter The first FMD-ISSC Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Research was awarded to David E. Apter, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Political and Social Development, Yale University. The award was presented at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt, on 9 November 2006. Professor Apter’s address to the joint General Assemblies of the ISSC and the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (CIPSH) can be downloaded here: AN APPROACH TO INTERDISCIPLINARITY [pdf file, 356 Kb]

Further information about this prize can be obtained from the ISSC Secretariat.