The David Easton Award is given for a book that broadens the horizons of contemporary political science by engaging issues of philosophical significance in political life through any of a variety of approaches in the social sciences and humanities. for details, see the Foundations of Political Theory organized section.
This year's committee said the following about their decision to award the prize to Joseph Schwartz:
"The Future of Democratic Equality, by Joseph Schwartz, takes on three tasks, and accomplishes all brilliantly. Any one of these tasks well fulfilled would have been a laudable achievement. First, Schwartz argues for the centrality of the question of equality to democratic politics. Second, he critically analyzes and explains the shocking rise in inequality in the United States over the last three decades. This he does with conceptual clarity, rich interdisciplinary analysis, and a thorough examination of hard socioeconomic data. Third, he assails the near absence of concern for this soaring inequality among contemporary political theorists, and offers a cogent, and stinging, explanation that takes to task the discipline’s preoccupation with difference and identity severed from the pragmatics of democratic equality. The Future of Democratic Equality is a courageous and disciplined effort to tackle a hugely important political problem and intellectual puzzle. It well embodies the spirit of the Easton Book Award by providing well-grounded normative theory targeted to an urgent matter of contemporary concern. It is a must read for anyone who cares about democracy."
Over the past 15 years of the prize existence, winners include: Robert Putnam, Charles Taylor, Sheldon Wolin, Jurgen Habermas, David Laitin, Quentin Skinner, Ira Katznelson, Nancy Rosenblum, Rogers Smith and Jennifer Hochschild.
Congratulations Professor Schwartz!
Rebuilding Social Solidarity in a Fragmented America
2011 David Easton Award, presented for the best book by the Foundations of Political Theory section of APSA:
"The Future of Democratic Equality, by Joseph Schwartz, takes on three tasks, and accomplishes all brilliantly. Any one of these tasks well fulfilled would have been a laudable achievement....
Published September 8th 2008 by Routledge