Past recipients – S.M. Lipset Best Book Awards



Christopher Alcantara, Negotiating the Deal: Comprehensive Land Claims Agreements in Canada, Toronto:  University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, 2013

To quote the award’s selection committee:

This work was viewed, as one committee member put it, as offering “a significant contribution in our theoretical and practical understanding of why some treaty negotiations succeed and others fail.” Moreover, the four diverse case studies of First Nations people (two from Newfoundland and Labrador and two from the Yukon Territory) are carefully done, using a variety of resource materials, including numerous interviews with those involved in the negotiating process. The use of the comparative method throughout the volume provides an important systematic dimension to the analysis as Alcantara identifies the key factors across these cases for success or failure of treaty negotiations. In all, this volume “should be essential reading for scholars and practitioners” for those seeking to understand relations between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. Moreover, the central findings may well be applicable to other nations seeking to address land and resource claims of indigenous communities.


No award.


Patrick Fournier, Henk van der Kolk, R. Kenneth Carty, Andre Blais, and Jonathon Rose for their 2011 Oxford University Press book, When Citizens Decide: Lessons from Citizen Assemblies on Electoral Reform.


Royce Koop (University of Manitoba), Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics, University of British Columbia Press, 2011.


Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan) and Christopher Wlezein (University of Texas, Austin), Degrees of Democracy: Public Opinion and Policy, Cambridge University Press, 2010.

2012 – (Two winners)

– Janet Ajzenstat (McMaster University), The Canadian Founding: John Locke and Parliament, McGill-Queens University Press, 2007.

–  Stephen Clarkson (University of Toronto), Does North America Exist? After NAFTA and 9/11, University of Toronto Press, 2008.


Mildred A. Schwartz, Party Movements in the United States and Canada, Rowman and Littlefield, 2006.

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