Gregory Luebbert Article Award

Luebbert Article Award

Established in 1995, the Luebbert Article Award for best article in comparative politics was named in memory of Gregory M. Luebbert.  The committee considers articles from the two years prior to the year in which the award is made.


Committee: Ellen Lust (Chair), Anthony Messina, and Joel Simmons
Recipient: Junyan Jiang (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Title: “Making Bureaucracy Work: Patronage Networks, Performance Incentives, and Economic Development in China.”           American Journal of Political Science 62, no. 4 (2018): 982-999.

Honorable Mention: David Rueda (University of Oxford)
Title: “Food Comes First, Then Morals: Redistribution Preferences, Parochial Altruism, and Immigration in Western Europe.” Journal of Politics 80, no. 1 (2018).

Honorable Mention: Marcus Kreuzer (Villanova University)
Title: “The Structure of Description: Evaluating Descriptive Inferences and Conceptualizations.” Perspectives on Politics 17, no. 1 (2019): 122-139.


Committee: Noam Lupu, Kaija Schilde, Dominika Koter
Recipient: Gabrielle Kruks-Wisner
Title: “The pursuit of social welfare: Citizen claim-making in rural India.” World Politics 70, no. 1 (2018): 122-163


Committee: Beatriz Magaloni, Danny Hidalgo, Rachel Beatty Riedl
Recipients: Noam Lupu (Vanderbilt) and Leonid Peisakhin (NYU Abu-Dhabi)
Title: “The Legacy of Political Violence across Generations” AJPS 2017.

Honorable mention: Volha Carnysh and Evgeny Finkel.
“The Death Camp Eldorado: Political and Economic Effects of Mass Violence,” APSR 2017.


Committee: Thomas D. Lancaster, Jonathan Slapin, Ana De La O
Recipient: Robert Braun, Northwestern University
Title: “Religious Minorities and Resistance to Genocide: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands During the Holocaust.” American Political Science Review, February 2016.


Committee: Vivien Schmidt, Jane Gingrich, Guillermo Trejo
Recipients: Perna Singh
Title: “Subnationalism and Social Development in India: A Comparative Analysis of Indian States.” World Politics, June 2015


Committee: Mala Htun, Scott Gehlbach, Daniel Ziblatt
Recipients: Dominika Anna Koter
Title: “King-makers: Local Leaders and Ethnic Politics in Africa,” World Politics 65, 2: 187-232, 2013.


Stanislav Markus (University of Chicago),  “Secure Property as a Bottom-Up Process: Firms, Stakeholders, and Predators in Weak  States.” World Politics 64 (No. 2, 2012): 242-277.


Robert D. Woodberry, University of Texas-Austin, “The Missionary Roots of Liberal Democracy,” American Political Science Review 106 (2):  244-74.


Phillip Roessler, Duke University, “The Enemy  Within.  Personal Rule, Coups, and Civil War in Africa,” World Politics 63:2 (2011).


Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University and Laia Balcells, Institute for Economic Analysis, CSIC, “International System and Technologies of Rebellion: How The End of the Cold War Shaped Internal Conflict” (American Political Science Review 104: 3 (2010).


Shawn Treier, University of Minnesota and Simon Jackman, Stanford University
“Democracy as a Latent Variable,” AJPS 52:1 (January 2008).


Stathis N. Kalyvas, Yale University and Matthew Kocher, Yale University
“How Free is Free Riding in Civil Wars?” World Politics 59 2 (2007).

Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University, “Does Landholding Inequality Block Democratization?” World Politics 60:4 (July 2008).


Keith Darden, Yale University and Anna Grzymale-Busse, University of Michigan
“The Great Divide,” World Politics (October 2006).


Macartan Humphreys, Columbia University and Jeremy Weinstein,  Stanford University,
“Handling and Manhandling Civilians in Civil War,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 100, (August 2006).

Torven Iverson, Harvard University and David Soskice, Duke University, “Electoral Institutions and the Policies of Coalitions:  Why Some Democracies Distribute More than Others,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 100 (May 2006).


Tullia Falleti, University of Pennsylvania, “A Sequential Theory of Decentralization:  Latin American Cases in Comparative Perspective” American Political Science Review, Vol. 99, No. 3 (August 2005).


Scott J. Basinger,  Stony Brook University, SUNY, “Remodeling the Competition for Capital: How Domestic Politics Erases the Race to the Bottom” (American Political Science Review, Vol. 98, No. 2, (May 2004).

Ernesto  F. Calvo, University of Houston, “Who Delivers? Partisan Clients in the Argentine Electoral Market,” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4, (October 2004).

Mark Hallerberg,  Emory University “Remodeling the Competition for Capital: How Domestic Politics Erases the Race to the Bottom,” American Political Science Review, Vol. 98, No. 2 (May 2004).

Maria Victoria Murillo, Columbia University “Who Delivers? Partisan Clients in the Argentine Electoral Market,” American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 48, No. 4 (October 2004).


Isabela Mares, Stanford University, “The Sources of Business Interest in
Social Insurance: Sectoral Versus National Differences” (World Politics (2003).


Pamela Johnston Conover and Donald D. Searing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Ivor Crewe, University of Essex”The Deliberative Potential of Political Discussion,” British Journal of Political Science, (January 2001).


Guillermo A. O’Donell, University of Notre Dame, “Democracy, Law, and
Comparative Politics” Studies in Comparative International Development, Vol. 36 (Spring 2001).


Nicholas Sambinis, Yale University, “Partition as a Solution to Ethnic War:  An Empirical Critique of the Theoretical Literature,” World Politics 52 (4).

Runners Up

Torsten Persson, Institute for International Economic Studies, and Guido Tabellini, Bocconi University, “The Size and Scope of Government: Comparative Politics with Rational Politicians,” European Economic Review, 43: 4-6 (April 1999).

David Rueda, SUNY and Jonas Pontusson, Cornell University. 2000. “Wage Inequalities and the Varieties of Capitalism,” World Politics, 52:3 (April 2000).

Michael Wallerstein (Harvard University), “Wage-Setting Institutions and Pay Inequality in Advanced Industrial Societies.” American Journal of Political Science, 43:3 (2000).


Stathis N. Kalyvas, University of Chicago, “Wanton and Senseless? The Logic of Massacres in Algeria ” Rationality and Society 11(3) (August 1999).

Runners Up

Dion, Douglas, University of Iowa, “Evidence and Inference in the Comparative Case Study,” Comparative Politics 30:2 (January 1998).

Tsebelis, George. 1999. “Veto Players and Law Production in Parliamentary Democracies: An Empirical Analysis.” American Political Science Review, 93:3 (September 1999): 591-608.


Peter A. Hall, Harvard University and Robert J. Franzese Jr., University of Michigan “Mixed Signals: Central Bank Independence, Coordinated Wage-Bargaining, and European Monetary Union,” International Organization 52, No. 3 (Summer 1998).


Adam Przeworski, New York University and Fernando Limongi, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil “Modernization: Theories and Facts” World Politics 49, No. 2 (January 1997)


James D. Fearon and David D. Laitin, University of Chicago “Explaining Interethnic Cooperation,” Journal of Political Science, 25, No. 3, (July 1995).


George Tsebelis, “DecisionMaking in Political Systems:  Veto Players in Presidentialism, Parliamentarism, Multicameralism, and Multipartism,” British Journal of Political Science 25, 3 (July 1995):  289-325.

Runners Up

Jonas Pontusson, “Explaining the Decline of European Social Democracy:  The Role of Structural Economic Change,” World Politics 47 (4) (July 1995):  495-533.

Sylvia Maxfield, “Financial Incentives and Central Bank Authority in Industrializing Nations,” World Politics 46(4) (July 1994):  556-589.

Michael Bratton and Nicolas van de Walle, “Neopatrimonial Regimes and Political Transitions in Africa,” World Politics 46(4) (July 1994):  453-489.


David Laitin, University of Chicago, “The Tower of Babel as a  Coordination Game: Political Linguistics in Ghana” (American Political Science Review 88, No. 3, September 1994).

Luebbert Article Award Selection Committees

2014:   Robert D. Woodberry, Chair, Wendy Hunter, David Stasavage
2013    Philip Roessler, Chair, Sheri Berman, Steven Wilkinson
2012    Stathis Kalyvas, chair, Sara Watson, Johanna Birnir
2011    Anna Grzymala-Busse, chair, Keith Darden and Dan Slater
2010    Ruth Collier, chair, Robert Pekkanen and Lily Tsai
2009    Pepper Culpepper, chair, David Samuels, Ben Smith
2008    Torben Iversen, chair, Tulia Falleti, Michael Ross
2007     Robert Rohrschneider, chair, Mitchell Seligson, Devra Moehler
2006    Maria Victoria Murillo, chair, Kanchan Chandra, Kevin J. O’Brien
2005    Edward Gibson, chair, Pauline Jones Luong, George Tsebelis
2004    Peter Swenson, chair, Stephen Hanson and Beatriz Magaloni
2003    Gary Marks, chair, Gerardo Munck, Deborah Yashar
2002    Jonas Pontusson, chair, Joel Migdal, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
2001    Torben Iversen, chair, Stathis Kalyvas, Elisabeth Wood
2000    Adam Przeworski, chair, Matthew Evangelista, Bjorn Erik Rasch
1999    Steven Fish, Evelyne Huber, John D. Huber
1998    Scott Mainwaring, chair, Timothy Frye, Thomas Callaghy
1997    Gary Cox, chair, Susan Whiting, Arun Agrawal
1996    James Alt, chair, Ruth Collier, Barry Weingast
1995    Frances Rosenbluth, Catherine Boone, Kaare Strom