Chadwick Alger Prize [IO]

The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best single-authored book published in the previous calendar year on the subject of international organization and multilateralism. The Prize is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association. The Award Committee is particularly interested in works dealing with the United Nations and/or with how international organizations interact with nongovernmental organizations and other local civil society actors, as reflected in the writings of Chadwick F. Alger. The committee is currently taking nominations of books published in 2022, to be awarded at the 2023 annual convention.


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  1. Recipients must be a current member of ISA
  2. The recipient may be at any stage of his or her career and from any country.
  3. Edited or co-authored volumes are not eligible for this award.
  4. Books must be published in the previous calendar year.
  5. Self-nominations are also welcome.
  • The recipient receives a $250.00 (USD) cash prize from the International Organization account and a certificate.
  • The recipient is selected by a committee appointed by the International Organization Section.
  • The recipient will be announced at the International Organization Section Business Meeting at the ISA Annual Convention and will be recognized at the IO Section reception.
  • Publishers are asked to limit their submissions to no more than three (3) works, and to send a copy of the nominated work(s) directly to each of the committee members. Publishers should also notify the Committee Chair of submissions by email.
  • Nominated books should be sent to the committee members by September 15th. Books appearing later in 2022 can be sent as page proofs by September 15th.
  • Books must be received by all committee members by the deadline.
  • The committee is currently taking nominations of books published in 2022, to be awarded at the 2023 annual convention.



Congratulations to Gregory Shaffer, the 2022 recipient of the Chadwick Alger Award, for "Emerging Powers and the World Trading System: The Past and Future of International Economic Law"! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2021 Lora Anne Viola  The Closure of the International System: How Institutions Create Political Equalities and Hierarchies
2020 Christian Kreuder-Sonnen Emergency Powers of International Orgnaizations Between Normalization and Containment
2019 Liliana Andonova Governance Entrepreneurs: International Organizations and the Rise of Global Public-Private Partnerships
2018 Herman Salton (first prize) Dangerous Diplomacy
2017 Steven Jensen (first prize) The Making of International Human Rights
2017 Barbara Koremenos (second prize) The Continent of International Law
2017 Vincent Pouliot (second prize) International Pecking Order
2016 Hyeran Jo Compliant Rebels: Rebel Groups and International Law in World Politics
2015 Tana L. Johnson Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance
2014 Katerina Linos The Democratic Foundations of Norm Diffusion: How Health, Family and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries
2013 Christina L. Davis Why Adjudicate? Enforcing Trade Rules in the WTO
2013 Judith G. Kelley Monitoring Democracy: When International Election Observation Works, and Why It Often Fails
2012 Susan D. Hyde The Pseudo-Democrat's Dilemma: Why Election Monitoring Became an International Norm
2012 Randall W. Stone International Organizations and the Global Economy
2011 Severine Autesserre The Trouble with the Congo
2010 Valerie Sperling Channels of Power: The UN Security Council and U.S. Statecraft in Iraq
2010 Alexander Thompson  
2009 Benjamin Schiff Building the International Criminal Court
2009 Catherine Weaver Hypocrisy Trap: The World Bank and the Poverty of Reform
2008 Ian Hurd After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the UN Security Council
2007 Craig N. Murphy The UN Development Programme: A Better Way?
2006 Ken Conca Governing Water: Contentious Transnational Politics and Global Institution Building
2005 Roland Paris At War’s End: Building Peace After Civil Conflict
2004 Craig Parsons A Certain Idea of Europe
2002 Craig Warkentin Reshaping World Politics: NGO's, the Internet, and Global Civil Society

Committee Members

John Karlsrud | Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI)

Oliver Westerwinter | Chair
April 2022 - March 2023
University of St Gallen

Fanny Badache | Member
April 2022 - March 2023
Geneva Graduate Institute

Stephanie Hofmann | Member
April 2022 - March 2023
European University Institute


Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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