Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award


The “Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award” is given to honor a significant contemporary contribution to the scholarship on Canadian politics, or Canada in a comparative perspective, or a comparative analysis of Canada with other countries, particularly the United States.   Authors who are CPS section members are eligible to have any of their books on Canadian politics that were published in the preceding 5 years considered for this award.

Seymour Martin Lipset was one of the world’s most prominent social scientists.  He was the author or co-author of 25 books, editor of another 27 books, and wrote more than 350 scholarly articles in the fields of political sociology and political science.  Many of these are modern classics.  He is the only social scientist to have served as president of both the American Sociological Association and the American Political Science Association.  Canada was central to his life’s intellectual work, and among the many honors he collected over his distinguished career was the “Gold Medal” from the International Council of Canadian Studies.

For a discussion of Lipset’s legacy by distinguished Canadian Politics Section member Mildred A. Schwartz, click here.

Call for Nominations –

Books published by members of the APSA Canadian Politics Section dealing with Canadian politics, or incorporating Canada as a significant case in a comparative political analysis, that were published between 2010-2016 are eligible for consideration. Nominations , including self-nominations, and books should be sent to the Chair of the Selection Committee Chair not later than March 1st, 2017.



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