This award, made by The American Political Science Association and supported by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, is presented annually to the author of the best book published on government, politics or international affairs. The award was first made in 1947.


2002 Tali Mendelberg The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality
2001 Adam Przeworski, Michael Alvarez, Jose Antonio Cheibub and Fernando Limongi Democracy and Development
2000 Barry O'Neill Honor, Symbols, and War
1999 Rodney Hero Faces of Inequality: Social Diversity in American Politics
1998 Gary W. Cox Making Votes Count: Strategic Coordination in the World's Electoral Systems
1997 Jane Junn, Norman Nie, & Kenneth Stehlik-Barry Education and Democratic Citizenship in America
1996 Herbert Kitschelt The Radical Right in Western Europe
1995 Beth A. Simmons Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy During the Interwar Years
1994 Carol M. Swain Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress
1993 Theda Skocpol Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States
1992 Paul M. Sniderman, Richard A. Brody, & Philip E. Tetlock Reasoning and Choice: Explorations in Political Psychology
1991 Charles E. Lindblom Inquiry and Change
1990 Robert A. Dahl Democracy and Its Critics
1989 Larry Bartels Presidential Primaries and the Dynamics of Public Choice
1988 Robert Gilpin The Political Economy of International Relations
1987 Philip E. Converse & Roy Pierce Political Representation in France
1987 Peter Hall Governing the Economy
1986 Peter Katzenstein Small States in World Markets: Industrial Policy in Europe
1985 Barry R. Posen The Sources of Military Doctrine: France, Britain and Germany between the World Wars
1984 George Th. Mavrogordatos Stillborn Republic: Social Coalitions and Party Strategies in Greece, 1922-1936
1983 G. Bingham Powell Contemporary Democracies: Participation, Stability and Violence
1982 Paul E. Peterson City Limits
1981 John P. Gaventa Power and Powerlessness: Quiescence and Rebellion in an Appalachian Valley
1980 Leslie H. Gelb with Richard K. Betts The Irony of Vietnam
1979 Richard F. Fenno, Jr. Home Style
1978 Charles E. Lindblom Politics and Markets
1977 Norman H. Nie, Sidney Verba & John R. Petrocik The Changing American Voter
1976 Robert a. Alford Health Care Politics
1975 Hugh Heclo Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden
1974 Robert A. Scalapino & Chong-sik Lee Communism in Korea
1973 Michael Brecher The Foreign Policy System of Israel: Setting, Images, Processes
1972 David E. Apter Choice and the Politics of Allocation 
1971 Ted Robert Gurr Why Men Rebel
1970 David Butler & Donald E. Stokes Political Change in Britain
1969 Robert G. Dixon, Jr. Democratic Representation
1968 Duncan MacRae, Jr. Parliament, Parties, and Society in France, 1946-1958
1967 Barrington Moore, Jr. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
1966 Samuel H. Beer British Politics in the Collectivist Age
1965 Robert E. Agger, Daniel Goldrich & Bert E. Swanson The Rulers and the Ruled
1965 Samuel J. Eldersveld Political Parties: A Behavioral Analysis
1964 Raymond A. Bauer, Ithiel de Sola Pool & Anthony Lewis Dexter American Business and Public Policy
1963 Inis L. Claude Power and International Relations
1962 Robert A. Dahl Who Governs?
1961 Richard Neustadt Presidential Power: The Politics of Leadership
1960 Arnold Brecht Political Theory
1959 Christian Bay The Structure of Freedom
1959 James S. Coleman Nigeria: Background to Nationalism
1958 Henry A. Kissinger Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy
1958 Rexford G. Tugwell The Democratic Roosevelt
1957 James MacGregor Burns The Lion and the Fox
1956 Louis Hartz  The Liberal Tradition in America
1955 Jacobus ten Broek, Edward N. Barnhart & Floyd W. Matson Prejudice, War and the Constitution
1954 Bertram M. Gross The Legislative Struggle: A Study in Social Combat
1953 Clinton Rossiter Seedtime of the Republic
1952 Samuel Lubbell The Future of American Politics
1951 John B. Herz Political Realism and Political Idealism
1950 Stephen K. Bailey Congress Makes a Law
1949 V. O. Key Southern Politics in State and Nation
1948 Leonard D. White The Federalists: A Study in Administrative History
1947 Robert M. MacIver The web of Government