APPAM & Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis Award


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Policy Council approved creation of this award on November 2, 2006. Funding for the award currently comes from the JCPA/ICPA-Forum and the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. Funding may be renewed for additional awards. APPAM & the ICPA-Forum seeks to reward and encourage excellence in comparative policy analysis as represented in research papers delivered at APPAM's annual Fall Research Conference.

The author or co-authors of the selected paper receive/share a cash award in the amount of $1,000 in addition to a plaque and recognition at the annual APPAM Fall Research Conference. The selected paper also will be eligible for immediate review for publication in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. There is no support available for the cost of travel to receive the award. The award will be offered on an annual basis but will not be made if suitable submissions are not received.

Should an award be presented this year, any research paper that includes comparative policy analysis and is accepted for presentation at the 2019 Fall Research Conference may be eligible for consideration for the award. Papers must be submitted through the regular proposal process. The selection committee will review all of the paper abstracts to identify eligible research and invite panel chairs to make nominations, and paper authors also may contact APPAM after the Fall Research Conference to indicate that they wish to have their papers reviewed by the committee. A Joint APPAM-ICPA-Forum Adjudication Committee identify further eligible papers, make the nominations and confirm the annual award.

A selection committee of four persons may be appointed by APPAM and the JCPA/ICPA-Forum before the 2019 Fall Research Conference. The committee will review the conference papers eligible for the award and possibly attend the presentations of the papers at the conference. The committee also may request the written papers immediately after the conference. The criteria for assessment will be based on a wide spectrum as identified in Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis' Statement of Aims and Scope. If a suitable candidate is found, the committee will announce its selection in the spring of each conference year, and the authors will be honored at the next Fall Research Conference.


2019 Award Winners

Empowering Women in South Asia’s informal settlements: The Challenges of Environmental Degradation, by Amit Patel, University of Massachusetts Boston; Hina Lotia, LEAD Pakistan; Ammar A. Malik, Urban Institute; Marcia D. Mundt, University of Massachusetts Boston; Hyunjung Lee, University of Massachusetts Boston; Muhammad Arshed Rafiq, LEAD Pakistan

Are We Digging in the Wrong Place? Age, Period, and Cohort Explanations for Changing Crime Rates, by William Spelman, University of Texas at Austin

No award was given in 2017 and 2018. 

2016 Award Winner

Toward a Comparative Analysis of Labour Administration Systems, by Jason Heyes, Work, Organisation & Employment Relations Research Centre, Sheffield University Management School, United Kingdom

2015 Award Winners

Independent Professional Bureaucracies and Street-Level Corruption: Evidence from Latin America, by Laura Langbein, American University and Pablo Sanabria, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali, Colombia

2014 Award Winners

Global Expansion of Renewable Energy Generation: An Analysis of Policy Instruments, by Sanya Carley, Jennifer Brass, Elizabeth Baldwin, and Lauren M. MacLean, Indiana University

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