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Duncan Black Award


About the award

The Standing Group on Analytical Politics and Public Choice, which is active within ECPR, has created the Duncan Black Award. This award honors a graduate student who has presented the best paper at the ECPR Conference pursuing research in analytical politics which combines systematic theoretical thinking and rigorous empirical testing. The award carries a prize of 200 Euros.

Previous Winners:


Markus Baumann, Matthias, Haber and Christian H. Wältermann (University of Mannheim)

“Directive Communication? The Informational Interplay of Parliamentary Actors.”


Elena Nikolova (Princeton University)

“Labour markets and representative institutions: Evidence from Colonial British America”


Nikoleta Yordanova (European University Institute, Florence)

“Rationale behind committee assignments in the European Parliament: Distributive, informational and partisan perspectives”


Sandra Pogodda (University of Cambridge)

“Reforming North Africa and the Middle East”




Analytical politics and public choice

Analytical politics combines systematic theoretical thinking and rigorous empirical testing. One major source of inspiration is the literature on collective choice problems, which examines the relationship between individual and collective interests. Another line of interest is generated by studies that link developments in a formal theory with sound empirical research strategy.

Theoretical approaches and empirical testing

We are committed to rigorous theoretical approaches as well as empirical testing which will provide a forum for different scholars interested in these principles and working in different areas. This reflects our conviction that theoretical models without empirical testing are of little relevance to the development of contemporary social science. On the other hand, we consider a sound theoretical basis and analytical rigour as indispensable foundations of any kind of empirical research.


We welcome like-minded scholars who would like to use this forum for discussion and exchange of ideas. We propose a number of activities designed to facilitate such an exchange, including a newsletter, regular meetings as part of ECPR and other international conferences and a summer school. Information about these events will be regularly posted on the Standing Group’s website and will also be spread by means of our virtual newsletter.


Bjørn Høyland

Professor, Department of Political Science

University of Oslo