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APSA Article Award

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2013 American Political Science Association Awards

The Heinz I. Eulau prize is awarded annually for the best article published in the American Political Science Review and for the best article published in Perspectives on Politics. It carries a prize of $750.

At the 2013 APSA award ceremony, Hans Noel (Georgetown University), together with Kathleen Bawn (University of California, Los Angeles), Martin Cohen (James Madison University), David Karol (University of Maryland, College Park), Seth Masket (University of Denver), and John Zaller (University of California, Los Angeles), received the Heinz I. Eulau Award in recognition of their journal article published in Perspectives on Politics in 2012.

In “A Theory of Political Parties:  Groups, Policy Demands and Nominations in American Politics” (Perspectives on Politics, Volume 10, Issue 03), the authors present a fundamental challenge to the reigning view of political parties as teams of politicians seeking to win election. Instead, it argues that U.S. parties are “best understood as coalitions of interest groups and activists seeking to capture and use government for their particular goals.”  Viewed in this light, political parties are not necessarily conducive to a “well-functioning” democracy; to the contrary, their existence raises critical normative issues. This article is a “must-read” for scholars of American politics, and the theory it offers is broader in application, reaching beyond the United States, as well. 

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