Carnes’ Research Wins Top Policy, Political Science Honors

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has awarded Sanford School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nick Carnes the 2013 Harold D. Lasswell Dissertation Award, the Carl Albert Dissertation Award, and the Sage Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics.

All three awards were presented to Carnes at the APSA annual conference in Chicago Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in ceremonies held by the respective conference sections. 

Carnes received the Lasswell Award for best dissertation in the field of public policy and the Carl Albert Award for the best dissertation in the area of legislative studies.  His doctoral dissertation, “By the Upper Class, For the Upper Class?  Representational Inequality and Economic Policymaking in the United States,” explores the socioeconomic inequality that exists in Congress and its effects on economic policy outcomes. While completing his studies at Princeton University, Carnes received the university’s Wilson Scholars Fellowship. His dissertation was the basis for his forthcoming book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making, to be published in November by University of Chicago Press.

He received the Sage Award jointly with Noam Lupu, assistant professor of political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Their paper, “Rethinking the Comparative Perspective on Class and Representation: Evidence from Latin America,” examines the lack of working-class representation in Latin American governments.

On the final day of the conference, Carnes will take part in a panel discussion on Representation and Policymaking in State Legislatures, presenting his paper “Why Do Millionaires Run Our Country? Evidence from the 2012 National Candidate Study.” 

Carnes joined the Sanford faculty in 2011 after receiving his PhD in politics and social policy from Princeton. At Duke, he has pursued research in the fields of American government and politics, specifically congressional decision-making and reform and political participation. He also currently serves as co-director of the Research Triangle chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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Nick Carnes is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN).

“The Cash Ceiling” is part of the SSN Forum on Money in Politics. The forum asks U.S. scholars to answer the questions: Has raising money become too central to American politics, especially now that unlimited contributions can be made in secret? What reforms could improve democratic balance?

More research findings from Assistant Professor Nicholas Carnes:

How Government by the Privileged Distorts Democracy [PDF]

Are Politicians Prejudiced Against the Poor? [PDF]

How Government by the Privileged Distorts Economic Policy [PDF]