Carnes Book Receives Two Awards from APSA

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has given Sanford School of Public Policy Assistant Professor Nick Carnes two awards for his book, White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making.

The Alan Rosenthal Prize for Best Book or Article in Legislative Studies Written by a Junior Scholar That Has Potential Value to Legislative Practitioners is given by the APSA Legislative Studies Section to a book or article that has the potential to strengthen the practice of representative democracy. The Gladys M. Kammerer Award is given to the best book published in the previous year on U.S. national policy.

Carnes will receive the awards at the APSA annual meeting in Washington, D.C. at a ceremony on Thursday, August 27.

 The book, White-Collar Government, was published last November by the University of Chicago Press. Carnes shows that the dearth of working-class people in office--at all levels of government from the Supreme Court to the town council--results in economic policies favoring the wealthy. Business regulations are flimsier, social safety net programs are stingier and tax laws favor businesses and the well-off.

The book drew on the research for his dissertation, which won two awards from the APSA last year: the 2013 Harold D. Lasswell Dissertation Award; the Carl Albert Dissertation Award.  The APSA also presented Carnes with the Sage Award for Best Paper in Comparative Politics 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.

Carnes joined the Sanford faculty in 2011 after receiving his PhD in politics and social policy from Princeton University.  He is now researching why qualified working-class people don’t run for office, and what can be done about it. He has published several op-eds on the topic that have run in local and national publications, including the The New York Times Sunday Review and The Washington Post political blog, The Monkey Cage.

He is also co-director of the Research Triangle chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.