Awards - Prize of the Foundation Mattei Dogan awarded by the International Political Science Association for High Achievement in Political Science

Fondation Mattei DoganThe Prize of the Foundation Mattei Dogan awarded by the International Political Science Association for High Achievement in Political Science is to honour a scholar of high international reputation in recognition of her/his contribution to the advancement of political science, with a particular focus on recognizing outstanding scholarship on comparative studies of political elites. The prize is awarded at every IPSA World Congress of Political Science and is funded by the Foundation Mattei Dogan.

The recipient will be invited to present a prize lecture during the upcoming IPSA World Congress of Political Science.

Prize: $3,000 USD and travel expenses (1 recipient)

The prize includes $3,000 USD, travel expenses up to $2,000 USD and the registration fee for the upcoming Congress. The award winner presents a lecture at the upcoming IPSA World Congress of Political Science.

Condition: The award recipient is to attend the IPSA World Congress and present a lecture to receive the monetary prize. Remote participation may be possible only in the event that a virtual component (virtual or hybrid) is available for the Congress in question. If the award recipient participates virtually, the travel funding ($2,000 USD) will not be provided

Nomination Procedures

Nominations for the prize can be made by one of the following ways:
   a) by a national association of IPSA;
   b) by an IPSA Research Committee (RC);
   c) jointly by two or more IPSA members in good standing of at least two different nationalities;
   d) by an incumbent IPSA Executive Committee (EC) member;
   e) from outside IPSA, by established academic institutions active in political science.

Nominations must indicate the merits of the nominee and be accompanied by her/his biography and bibliography or listing of most important scholarly contributions. The nominations should also include letters of recommendation, signed by prominent scholars, as well as evidence on the impact of the nominee’s scholarship as suggested in such indicators as the Social Science Citation Index, Google Scholar, or other appropriate and recognized indicators, over the prior 15 years.

The awards are made on the recommendation of the IPSA Committee on Organization, Procedures and Awards (COPA).

Current officers of the IPSA Executive Committee and of the Council, as well as the officers of the Research Committees are not eligible for this award. Former IPSA officers become eligible four years after the end of their last mandate.

Submitting Nominations

Nominations are closed. The nomination form will be available in the fall.

Nomination Deadline: 1 November 2022

Nominations must include the following:

  1. Letter of nomination indicating the merits of the nominee;
  2. Biography and bibliography or listing of most important scholarly contributions of the nominee;
  3. Letter(s) of recommendation, signed by prominent scholar(s);
  4. Evidence on the impact of the nominee’s scholarship as suggested in such indicators as the Social Science Citation Index, Google Scholar, or other appropriate and recognized indicators, over the prior 15 years.

Foundation Mattei Dogan Award Recipients

2021 Maurizio Ferrera, University of Milano - video presentation

Maurizio Ferrera is Professor of Political Science at the State University of Milan, as well as founder and President of NASP (Network for the Advancement of Social and Political Sciences), a consortium for doctoral training between Lombardy’s and Piedmonts’ universities. He has been Visiting Professor at numerous foreign universities, including the London School of Economics, the University of California at Berkeley, McGill University, the Institut d’Etudes Politique (Sciences Po) and the European University Institute. He has been a member of several scientific bodies, including the EUI’s Research Council, the ECPR’s Executive Committee, the Group of Societal Policy Advisers of the Barroso Presidency of the European Commission, the High Level Group on the Modernization of Social Protection as well as the jury committees of the Rokkan prize and the Skytte Prize. He is a member of the Lombard Academy of Letters and Sciences, and in 2008 he was appointed to the “Order of Merit” of the Italian Republic. He has been co-editor of the Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica (with G.Sartori) and co-edits with M. Rhodes, a book series on the welfare state for Routledge.

His research interests have spanned comparative welfare states, EU studies and political theory. He is the author of several volumes, including The Boundaries of Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2005, French translation in 2009). His works have appeared in major international journals, and his latest article is Walking the road together? EU polity maintenance during the COVID-19 crisis, West European Politics, 2021.

In 2013 Prof. Ferrera obtained an ERC Advanced Grant for a project on “Reconciling Economic and Social Europe: the role of ideas, values and politics” (REScEU: In 2019 he obtained an ERC Synergy Grant for a new project on “Sovereignty, identity and Solidarity in the EU post-2008”, co-directed with Hanspeter Kriesi (EUI, Florence) e a Waltraud Schelkle (LSE) (

2018 James Scott, Yale University - video presentation

James Scott, is the Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology and is co-Director of the Agrarian Studies Program.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.  His research concerns political economy, comparative agrarian societies, theories of hegemony and resistance, peasant politics, revolution, Southeast Asia, theories of class relations and anarchism.  His publications include The Moral Economy of the Peasant, Yale University Press, 1976, Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance Yale Press, 1985, Domination and the Arts of Resistance, Yale Press, 1990, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale Press, 1998; The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia, Yale University Press, 2008, Two Cheers for Anarchism, Princeton University Press, 2013 and Against the Grain: A Deep History of the First Agrarian States, Yale Press 2017). He is a mediocre sheep breeder and bee-keeper in Connecticut.

2016 Theda Skocpol, Harvard University

Theda Skocpol (PhD, Harvard, 1975) is the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University. At Harvard, she has served as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2005-2007) and as Director of the Center for American Political Studies (2000-2006). In 2007, Skocpol was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science for her "visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare, and political trust, pursued with theoretical depth and empirical evidence." The Skytte Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious in political science and is awarded annually by the Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University (Sweden) to the scholar who in the view of the foundation has made the most valuable contribution to the discipline.

Skocpol's work covers an unusually broad spectrum of topics including both comparative politics (States and Social Revolutions, 1979) and American politics (Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States, 1992). Her books and articles have been widely cited in political science literature and have won numerous awards, including the 1993 Woodrow Wilson Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book in political science for the previous year. Skocpol's research focuses on U.S. social policy and civic engagement in American democracy, including changes since the 1960s. She has recently launched new projects on the development of U.S. higher education and on the transformations of U.S. federal policies in the Obama era.


2014 Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan

Ronald Inglehart is the Lowenstein Professor of Political Science and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.  He is also co-director of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Inglehart helped found the Euro-Barometer surveys and directs the World Values Survey, which has surveyed representative national samples of the publics of 97 countries containing almost 90 percent of the world’s population.  His research deals with changing belief systems and their impact on social and political change.

Klaus von Beyme2012 Klaus von Beyme, Institut für Politische Wissenschaft - video presentation

Prof. Klaus von Beyme, born 1934 in Saarau/Silesia. Studies of Political Science, Sociology, History and History of Arts in Heidelberg, Munich, Paris, Moscow. Research fellow at the Russian Research Centre, Harvard University 1961/62. Professor of Political Science at Tuebingen and Heidelberg (1967-1999). Member of the European Academy and the Academy of Berlin-Brandenburg. President of the International Political Science Association 1982-1985. Visiting Professor at Stanford, Melbourne, Paris and the Science Centre in Berlin. Research in Comparative Politics (East and West Europe) and Political Theory. Books on parliaments, interest groups, elites, history of political ideas and studies on the relationship of art and politics, most of them in German (in English 8 titles, in Spanish 4 Titles and translations in some other languages).

Philippe Schmitter2009 Philippe Schmitter, European University Institute

See the Prize of the Foundation Mattei Dogan Lecture at the 2009 IPSA World Congress of Political Science in Santiago, Chile:

2006 Prof. Guillermo O'Donnell
Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre-Dame, USA