Alexis de Tocqueville Award

Beginning in 2022, this award is given annually for the best paper concerned with democracy and public opinion, whether in a consolidated or in an emerging democracy. De Tocqueville is best known for his book On Democracy in America, in which he expressed concern that democracy could become a dictatorship of public opinion and questioned the place of elites and experts within a governmental system where everyone is assumed to be equal. A panel of public opinion scholars drawn from WAPOR’s membership will judge submissions. The de Tocqueville Award comes with a $500 prize.

Submission: For the de Tocqueville Award, the author(s) will have had their abstract accepted for presentation to the WAPOR 75th Annual Conference. Authors will then submit their completed papers electronically by the deadline to be announced at a later date. Entries are expected to be approximately 15 to 25 pages in length and may have multiple authors. All authors on an entry must meet the eligibility requirements for the award.