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Prof. Jonathan Rose, and co-authors, wins APSA Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award

The Department is pleased to announce that Professor Jonathan Rose and co-authors, Patrick Fournier, Henk van der Kolk, R. Kenneth Carty, and Andre Blais have been awarded the Seymour Martin Lipset Book Award for When Citizens Decide. The Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award is given to honor a significant contemporary contribution to the scholarship on Canadian politics, or Canada in a comparative perspective, or a comparative analysis of Canada with other countries, particularly the United States. For past recipients and more information on the award please see the Canadian Politics section of the APSA.

When Citizens Decide CoverAccording to the jury that made the recommendation:

When Citizens Decide is an impressive achievement on several fronts - data-gathering, insightful analysis, theoretical and practical contributions to the field.  Surveys track the opinions of citizen assembly participants across three assemblies, in two countries.  These data are used alongside broader public opinion polling to tell a story about how citizens assemblies work, both inside those assemblies, and in the 'public domain.’  The book makes important contributions to the study of democratic deliberation and civic engagement.  And the conclusions are important - not just for academics, but for governments interested in citizens assemblies as well.  ‘Average’ citizens are certainly able to make informed decisions about complex political issues. People can and do learn over the course of citizen assemblies.  Subjecting the final decision from an informed assembly to a vote from a more ignorant electorate can be deeply problematic, however.  We take this to be the deeply interesting storyline of the book. And we are thrilled to be able to award the book the Seymour Martin Lipset Best Book Award, which is intended to feature not just books about Canada, but books that are able to explore Canadian politics through a more comparative lens.