European political sociology

Political sociology is the study of political life using sociological methods, combining theory and empiricism. It is a branch of sociology that studies political power, public action, public policy, elections and voting, and social movements. It includes the sociology of voting (or electoral sociology).

Giovanni SartoriUniversités de Florence et de Columbia2007
Richard RoseStrathclyde University2009
Donatella della PortaEuropean University Institute2011
Virginie GuiraudonSciences Po Paris2013
Maurizio CottaUniversity of Sienna2015
Hanspeter KriesiUniversity of Zurich2017
Niilo KauppiUniversity of Helsinki2020
Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize offered jointly with the European Consortium for Political Research (E.C.P.R.)

Terms and conditions of award

  • The Mattei Dogan Foundation Prize in European Political Sociology is awarded by the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) to the author of a major contribution through a body of work to the advancement of political sociology, and who enjoys a high scientific reputation.
  • Eligible for this prize are authors residing in a country defined as European by the criteria of affiliation to the European Consortium for Political Research
  • The prize is awarded exclusively on scientific criteria, excluding any ascriptive characteristics.
  • LesThe documents required for a nomination are
    1. biography and bibliography of the nominee,
    2. documents demonstrating the nominee’s reputation in the specialist literature,
    3. letters of recommendation signed by eminent specialists,
    4. documents that highlight the nominee’s merits.
  • The prize is awarded every two years at the General Assembly of the Consortium.
  • The amount of the prize is 3,000 US dollars. The prize is renewed periodically according to the rate of inflation and the value of the endowment. The endowment is managed by the Foundation.
  • The jury consists of five members appointed by the Consortium’s Executive Committee. One or two jurors may be chosen from outside the executive committee of the Consortium. No more than two of the five jurors may belong to the same country.
  • Nominations for the prize may be made by the member associations of the Consortium or by associations, universities or research centres. Two or three political sociologists may jointly nominate a candidate. The competition for the prize will be announced publicly and nominations invited openly.
  • The prize may be awarded to a coherent team of several researchers who, as a group, enjoy a high reputation in the international community of political sociologists. The team’s dossier is considered by the jury together with the dossiers of the individual nominations.
  • In case of a tie, or by deliberate decision of the jury, the prize may be shared between two individuals or institutions.
  • Members of the Executive Committee of the Consortium are not eligible for this prize; former members become eligible three years after the end of their mandate.
  • The winner is chosen from among scientists who are less than 75 years old on 1 January of the year of the prize, considering that at this stage of their career, eminent authors have already had their merits recognised and rewarded. In exceptional cases, the Executive Committee of the Consortium may waive this age requirement. The age requirement does not apply to former members of the executive committee of the Consortium.
  • During the plenary session, a laudatio is given to honour the winner, followed by a reception speech.
  • The nominations are sent by e-mail to the central services of the Consortium.
  • The text of the lecture is sent to the Foundation. It will be published as appropriate.
  • Two months before the meeting of the Consortium Assembly, the President of the Consortium sends the Mattei Dogan Foundation the necessary information about the laureate. The Foundation will send a certified cheque in the name of the winner to the central services of the Consortium.
  • After consultation with their governing bodies, the presidents of the two promoting institutions sign this protocol, which is attached to the deed of endowment; changes to this protocol are possible by mutual consent of the two institutions.
  • The first prize will be awarded in 2007.

For information and nominations contact the Chair or the Secretariat of the European Consortium for Political Research, University of Essex, Essex, Britain or e-mail :