Spitz Prize

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The David and Elaine Spitz Prize is an award for a book in liberal and/or democratic theory.

It is awarded annually by a panel based in the Department of Political Science of Columbia University, for the best book in the field published two years earlier. To be eligible, the book must be primarily theoretical rather than historical, and not a textbook or edited work. The latest prizewinner, After Adam Smith: A Century of Transformation in Politics and Political Economy, written by Murray Milgate and Shannon Stimson and published by Princeton University Press, was announced at the APSA Meetings in 2011.

Winners of the David and Elaine Spitz Prize:

  • 1988 – Joseph Raz for The Morality of Freedom
  • 1989 – Richard E. Flathman for The Philosophy and Politics of Freedom
  • 1990 – no award given
  • 1991 – Robert A. Dahl for Democracy and Its Critics
  • 1992 – Charles W. Anderson for Pragmatic Liberalism
  • 1993 – William A. Galston for Liberal Purposes: Goods, Virtues, and Diversity in the Liberal State
  • 1994 – George Kateb for The Inner Ocean: Individualism and Democratic
  • 1995 – John Rawls for Political Liberalism
  • 1996 – William E. Scheuerman for Between the Norm and the Exception: The Frankfurt School and the Rule of Law
  • 1997 – Mark Kingwell for A Civil Tongue: Justice, Dialogue, and the Politics of Pluralism
  • 1998 – John Dryzek for Democracy in Capitalist Times: Ideals, Limits, and Struggles
  • 1999 – Richard Dagger for Civic Virtues: Rights, Citizenship, and Republican Liberalism
  • 2000 – no award given
  • 2001 – Thomas A. Spragens, Jr. for Civic Liberalism: Reflections on Our Democratic Ideals
  • 2002 – no award given
  • 2003 – Ira Katznelson for Desolation and Enlightenment: Political Knowledge After Total War, Totalitarianism, and the Holocaust
  • 2004 – Sheldon S. Wolin for Politics and Vision: Continuity and Innovation in Western Political Thought
  • 2005 - George Klosko for Political Obligations
  • 2006 - Martha Nausbaum for Frontiers of Justice
  • 2007 - Richard Bellamy for Political Constitutionalism
  • 2008 - Sharon Krause for Civil Passions
  • 2009 - Murray Milgate and Shannon Stimson for After Adam Smith: A Century of Transformation in Politics and Political Economy

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