Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science

The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science (Swedish: Skytteanska priset) was established in 1995 by the Johan Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University. The foundation itself goes back to the donation in 1622 from Johan Skytte (1577–1645), politician and chancellor of the university, which established the Skyttean professorship of Eloquence and Government.

Johan Skytte Prize
in Political Science
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Awarded formost valuable contribution to Political Science.
Presented byJohan Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University
First awarded1995

The prize, 500,000 Swedish kronor (approximately $52,000) is to be given "to the scholar who in the view of the Foundation has made the most valuable contribution to political science". Since its creation in 1995, the Johan Skytte Prize has garnered a prestigious reputation within the social science community, earning the nickname "the Nobel Prize for Political Science."[1][2] According to reputation surveys conducted in 2013–2014 and 2018, it is the most prestigious international academic award in political science.[3][4][5]

Recipients of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political ScienceEdit

Year Recipient Country Rationale Affiliation
1995   Robert Alan Dahl


  United States of America "for his penetrating analysis of democratic theory, characterized by deep learning and breadth of mind, combined with epochal empirical studies of the actual functioning of representative government".[6] Professor emeritus, Yale University
1996 Juan José Linz




  United States of America

"for his global investigation of the fragility of democracy in the face of the authoritarian threat, characterized by methodological versatility and historical and sociological breadth".[6] Professor.

Yale University

1997 Arend d'Angremond Lijphart

(b. 1936)

  United Kingdom

  Netherlands   United States of America

"for his theoretically and empirically pathbreaking research on the function of consensus in democratic politics in divided as well as in homogeneous societies".[6] Professor, University of California, San Diego
1998 Alexander L. George


  Spain "for his pathbreaking analysis of statecraft, its possibilities and limits, performed with great sensitivity for the importance of judgement, reasoned argumentation and responsible leadership in foreign policy decision-making".[6] Professor, Stanford University
1999   Elinor Claire Ostrom


  United States of America "for her profound, empirical as well as theoretical, analysis of the nature of collective action and rational choice".[6] Professor, Indiana University Bloomington
2000 Fritz W. Scharpf

(b. 1935)

  Germany "for having analysed key concepts of political science with theoretical clarity and empirical thoroughness during an era of transnational change".[6] Professor, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne
2001   Brian Barry


  United Kingdom

  United States of America

"for his profound contribution to normative political theory performed with passion as well as clarity in the grand tradition from the Enlightenment."[6] Professor, Columbia University
2002 Sidney Verba

(b. 1932)

  United States of America "for his penetrating empirical analysis of political participation and its significance for the functioning of democracy."[6] Professor, Harvard University
2003 Hanna Fenichel Pitkin

(b. 1931)


  United States of America

"for her pathbreaking theoretical work, predominantly on the problem of representation."[6] Professor emerita, University of California, Berkeley
2004   Jean Blondel

(b. 1929)

  France "for his outstanding contribution to the professionalisation of European political science, both as a pioneering comparativist and an institution builder"[6] Professor, European University Institute, Florence
2005   Robert Owen Keohane

(b. 1941)

  United States of America "for his significant contribution to our understanding of world politics in an era of interdependence, globalisation and terrorism."[6] Professor, Princeton University
2006   Robert David Putnam

(b. 1941)

  United States of America "for his theory of the social capital."[6] Professor, Harvard University
2007   Theda Skocpol

(b. 1947)

  United States of America "for her visionary analysis of the significance of the state for revolutions, welfare and political trust, pursued withy theoretical depth and empirical evidence."[6] Professor, Harvard University
2008   Rein Taagepera

(b. 1933)


  United States of America

"for his profound analysis of the function of electoral systems in representative democracy".[6] Professor, University of Tartu and professor emeritus, University of California, Irvine
2009   Philippe C. Schmitter

(b. 1936)

  United States of America "for his path-breaking work on the role of corporatism in modern democracies, and for his stimulating and innovative analysis of democratization".[6] Professorial fellow, European University Institute, Florence
2010 Adam Przeworski

(b. 1940)


  United States of America

"raising the scientific standards regarding the analysis of the relations between democracy, capitalism and economic development." Professor, New York University
2011 Ronald F. Inglehart

(b. 1934)

  United States of America "for contributing innovative ideas about the relevance and roots of political culture in a global context, transcending previous mainstream apporaches of research."[7] Professor, University of Michigan
  Pippa Norris

(b. 1953)

  United Kingdom

  United States of America

Professor, Harvard University
2012   Carole Pateman

(b. 1940)

  United Kingdom

  United States of America

"for in a thought-provoking way challenging established ideas about participation, sex and equality."[8] Professor emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles
2013 Robert Marshall Axelrod

(b. 1943)

  United States of America "for profoundly having changed our presumptions about the preconditions for human cooperation.”[8] Professor, University of Michigan
2014 David Collier

(b. 1942)

  United States of America "for his contribution to the conceptual development and the re-thinking of qualitative methods in Political Science."[8] Professor, University of California, Berkeley
2015   Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama

(b. 1952)

  United States of America “for breath-taking learnedness, clarity and courage thrown new light over the growth of modern political order.”[8] Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University
2016 Jon Elster (b. 1940)   Norway “for incisive, penetrating, and unceasing drive to examine and reexamine that which explains human behavior.”[8] Robert K. Melton Professor in Social Sciences, Columbia University
2017   Amartya Kumar Sen

(b. 1933)

  India for his multifaceted achievement that “combines insights into human vulnerability with knowledge about the potential of democratic political power to redress and relieve this deprivation.”[8] Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, Harvard University
2018   Jane Mansbridge

(b. 1939)

  United States of America for “having shaped our understanding of democracy in its direct and representative forms, with incisiveness, deep commitment and feminist theory.”[8] Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Harvard University
2019 [[]] Margaret Levi

(b. 1947)

  United States of America for "having laid the foundations of our understanding of why citizens accept state coercion, by combining theoretical acumen and historical knowledge."[8] Director of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) and Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Congratulations to Professor Amartya Sen on His Award of the 2017 Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science!". Harvard University Department of Economics. 26 April 2017.
  2. ^ Dahl, Robert; Shapiro, Ian (2015). On Democracy: Second Edition. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. pp. vii.
  3. ^ IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. IREG List of International Academic Awards (PDF). Brussels: IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  4. ^ Jiang, Fan; Liu, Niancai (2018). "The hierarchical status of international academic awards in social sciences". Scientometrics. doi:10.1007/s11192-018-2928-y.
  5. ^ Zheng, Juntao; Liu, Niancai (2015). "Mapping of important international academic awards". Scientometrics. 104: 763–791. doi:10.1007/s11192-015-1613-7.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "The Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science". 7 May 2009. Archived from the original on 7 May 2009.
  7. ^ "This year´s Johan Skytte Prize winners announced". Uppsala Universitet. 8 April 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Johan Skytte Prize Past Winners Over The Years". Johan Skytte Prize. 7 August 2017.