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The Frank Cass Prize


About the prize

Democratization is devoted to the study of the broad phenomenon of democratization – defined as the way democratic norms, institutions and practices evolve and are disseminated or retracted both within and across national and cultural boundaries. In particular, the journal aims to promote a better understanding of distinct phenomena, such as: transition to democracy and democratic installation, democratic consolidation and crisis, and deepening or weakening of democratic qualities.

The Frank Cass Prizes are awarded annually for articles that most enhance our knowledge and understanding of democratization. The value of each prize is £250.  One prize is open to all contributors  appearing  in the  relevant  volume.  The  other  prize is awarded  to a young  scholar  or promising  new scholar.  

Nominations for consideration for the award are made by  the  editors.  The judges are drawn from the Editorial Board and International Advisory Panel.


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The Frank Cass Prizes Winners

YearAuthor(s)Article TitleVolumeIssue
2018 - Best articleSarah Birch & David MuchlinskiElectoral violence prevention: what works?253
2018 - Best article by young scholarTroy Saghaug BroderstadA meta-analysis of income and democracy252
2017 - Best articleThomas Mustillo Party nationalization following democratization: modelling change in turbulent times 246
2017 - Best article by young scholarKris RuijgrokFrom the web to the streets: internet and protests under
authoritarian regimes
2016 - Best articleGerardo L. MunckWhat is democracy? A reconceptualisation of the quality of democracy231
2016 - Best article by young scholarFeryaz OcakliPolitical entrepreneurs, clientelism, and civil society: Supply-side politics in Turkey 234
2015 - Best articleNic Cheeseman and Miles LarmerEthnopopulism in Africa: opposition mobilization in diverse and unequal societies221
2015 - Best article by young scholarWouter VeenendaalDemocracy in microstates: why smallness does not produce a democratic political system221