Political Science

This prize for excellence has been offered to honour a political scientist who has published a body of work of high value or a major work for the advancement of political science. The prize is reserved for French-speaking political scientists, i.e. authors who have published most of their work in French.

Prize for excellence in political science

RecipientsInstitutionsYears
Patrick Le GalèsCNRS/Sciences Po Paris 2007
Olivier Fillieule CNRS/ Université de Lausanne 2011
William Genieys CNRS/ Université Montpellier 1 2013
Awarded jointly by the French Association of Political Science and the Mattei Dogan Foundation

Prize for the best doctoral theses in political science

RecipientsTitle of theses Institutions Years
Ivan BruneauLa Confédération paysanne : s’engager à « juste » distanceUniversité de Paris X Nanterre2007
Sarah GensburgerEssai de sociologie de la mémoire. L’expression des souvenirs à travers le titre de « Juste parmi les Nations »EHESS2007
Guillaume RouxComprendre la xénophobie à l’échelle européenne. « Déconstruire » et expliquer les opinions xénophobesSciences Po Grenoble2007
Stéphane LattéLes « victimes ».
La formation d’une catégorie sociale improbable et ses usages dans l’action collective
Université de Paris I2009
Laurie BoussaguetConvergences inattendues : le processus d’émergence de la pédophilie comme problème public en France, en Belgique et en AngleterreSciences Po Paris2009
Pauline RavinetEntre chemin de traverse et sentier de dépendance :
La genèse et l’institutionnalisation du processus de Bologne
Sciences Po Paris2009
Olivier GrojeanLa cause kurde, de la Turquie vers l’Europe.
Contribution à une sociologie de la transnationalisation des mobilisations
Sciences Po Rennes2009
Baptiste GiraudFaire la grève.
Les conditions d’appropriation de la grève dans les conflits du travail en France
Université de Paris 12011
Claire DupuyPolitiques publiques, territoires et inégalités.
Les politiques régionales d’éducation en France et en Allemagne (1969-2004)
Sciences Po Paris2011
Virginie Van IngelgomIntégrer l’indifférence : une approche comparative, qualitative et quantitative de la légitimité de l’intégration européenneSciences Po Paris2011
Jean-Vincent HoleindreLe renard et le lion. La ruse et la force dans le discours de la guerreEHESS2011
Mathieu HauchecorneLa fabrication transnationale des idées politiques.
Sociologie de la réception de John Rawls et des “théories de la justice” en France (1971- 2011)
Université Lille 22013
Natacha GallyLe marché des hauts fonctionnaires.
Une comparaison des politiques de la haute fonction publique en France et en Grande-Bretagne
Université Montpellier 12013
Benjamin LemoineLes valeurs de la dette. L’État à l’épreuve de la dette publiqueInstitut Universitaire Européen2013
Julie BailleuxPenser l’Europe par le droit. L’invention du droit communautaire en France (1945-1990)Université de Paris 12013
Thomas EhrhardLe découpage électoral sous la Ve République, entre logiques partisanes et intérêts parlementairesUniversité de Paris 22015
Ulrike LepontFaçonner les politiques aux marges de l’État.
Le rôle des experts dans les réformes de protection maladie aux États-Unis (1970-2010)
Université Montpellier 12015
Camille BedockReforming Democracy : Institutional Engineering in Western Europe, 1990-2010Institut Universitaire Européen2015
Sümbül KayaLa production militaire du citoyen. Sociologie politique de la conscriptionUniversité de Paris 12015
Camille Herlin-GiretLes mondes de la richesse. Travailler et faire travailler le capitalUniversité Paris Dauphine2017
Romain LeclerUne mondialisation à domestiquer. Sociologie d’une politique française des échanges audiovisuels internationaux (1984-2012)Université Paris 12017

Filip Kostelka
Mobiliser et démobiliser :
le déclin énigmatique de la participation électorale dans les démocraties postcommunistes
Sciences Po Paris2017
Sélim SmaouiLa mobilisation comme gouvernement de soi. S’engager et lutter pour la mémoire et la cause des victimes du franquisme en Espagne (2000-2013)Sciences Po Paris2017
Adam BaczkoLa guerre par le droit : justice, domination et violence en Afghanistan (2001-2018)EHESS2019
Marine BourgeoisTris et sélections des populations dans le logement social.
Une ethnographie comparée de trois villes françaises
Sciences Po Paris2019
Léa Lemaire‘Noir et illégal’ aux frontières de l’Europe. De la construction d’un mythe à l’émergence d’une gouvernementalité transnationale des migrations. Malte-Bruxelles (2002-2013)Sciences Po Aix2019
Myriam Paris“Nous qui versons la vie goutte à goutte” : féminismes et économie reproductive : une sociohistoire du pouvoir colonial à La RéunionUniversité Paris 12019
Awarded jointly by the French Association of Political Science and the Mattei Dogan Foundation

For information and nominations, contact the secretariat of the French Political Science Association, 27 rue St. Guillaume, 75007 Paris

Terms and conditions of award

  • To distinguish the authors of the best theses in political science, the Mattei Dogan Foundation establishes four prizes of equal value, and entrusts the French Association of Political Science (A.F.S.P.) with the mission of selecting the recipients. These four prizes are offered every two years.
  • Theses [doctoral] defended at a French university during the two years preceding the year of the award, or theses defended at another university but having received principal funding from the French government, are considered for these four prizes.
  • Not only political science theses in the narrow sense of the word, but also theses from the lateral branches of political science, such as political sociology, political philosophy, political geography, political psychology or political anthropology, may be submitted.
  • The amount of each prize is 2,000.00 Euros, which can be increased in line with inflation. A specific endowment for these four prizes is permanently established in the Foundation’s budget and programme. The endowment is managed by the Foundation.
  • The prizes are awarded exclusively on scientific merit, excluding ascriptive criteria (gender, religion, social or ethnic origin). This goes without saying, but it is even better to remember it.
  • A jury of five to seven members appointed by the A.F.S.P. Council is responsible for selecting the winners. The President and the Secretary General of the AFSP are ex officio members of the jury. The three to five other members are appointed by the AFSP Council, at least two of whom are chosen from outside the Paris Academy.
  • Candidates may apply if they have defended their doctoral thesis in the two years preceding the year of the award.

The application file shall include:
a. A personal letter of application from the applicant;
b. The candidate’s CV;
c. A summary of the thesis, which can then be distributed by the AFSP;
d. The report of the thesis jury;
e. The full version of the thesis in electronic format.

The dossier will be sent only electronically, as a single pdf file for the first 4 parts of the dossier. The thesis will be sent in electronic format separately or made available on a remote server.

  1. The jury proceeds in two stages. First, it selects a limited number of theses for further examination. For the selected theses, the jury then eliminates in each round of voting the candidate who obtains the fewest votes until no more than 4 theses are still in contention.
  2. The awarding of the prizes is announced by the A.F.S.P. secretariat by all the means it deems useful, specifying the modalities and deadlines for the presentation of the files.
  3. The laudatio of each laureate is pronounced either by the president or the secretary general of the AFSP, or by the director of the thesis, during a plenary session of the AFSP Congress.
  4. The AFSP secretariat shall communicate in good time to the President of the Foundation the names and files of the prize-winners so that cheques may be drawn up in their names. A parchment and the cheque are given to each laureate by the person giving the laudatio. Alternatively, a bank transfer may be made to the A.F.S.P., which will then pay the sums due to the laureates.
  5. If, for unforeseeable and fortuitous reasons, the prizes cannot be awarded at a Congress, two sets of prizes may be awarded at a subsequent Congress.
  6. In the event of a serious international financial crisis, the Foundation reserves the right to temporarily reduce the amount of each prize.
  7. The terms of this memorandum may be modified by mutual agreement between the two sponsoring institutions.
  8. A copy of this memorandum is deposited with the Prefecture of Paris by the Mattei Dogan Foundation.