Publius: The Journal of Federalism Distinguished Scholar Award

In Cooperation with RC28: Research Committee on Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance of the International Political Science Association

This award is presented to one distinguished scholar at each biennial business meeting of RC28-Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance during each biennial congress of the International Political Science Association (IPSA).

The award is given to living, recognized scholars, including retired scholars, whose publications continue to make significant and major contributions to our understanding and appreciation of the history, theory, and/or practice of federalism in single or multiple countries and/or transnational arrangements, such as the European Union. The award shall be for distinguished work done specifically on federalism and federations.


Award Recipients

Arthur Benz, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany, 2018. Dr. Benz is Professor of Political Science at Technische Universität Darmstadt. He was previously affiliated with the University of Hagen, the Martin-Luther-University of Halle-Wittenberg, the University of Konstanz, and the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer. He has held visiting appointments at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, Tongij University of Shanghai, China, and the Institute for Advanced Study Konstanz. In 2003-04, he was a member of the Joint Bundestag-Bundesrat Commission on the Reform of the German Federation. In 2007, he received the John G. Diefenbaker Award. Among his numerous publications are Constitutional Politics in Multilevel Government (2016), Federal Dynamics (ed. with J. Broschek, 2013), Politik in Mehrebenensystemen (2009), Kooperative Verwaltung (1994), Horizontale Politikverflechtung (with F. W. Scharpf and R. Zintl, 1992), Modernisierung der Staatsorganisation (with J. J. Hesse, 1990), Föderalismus als dynamisches System (1985), and articles in European Political Science ReviewJournal of European Public PolicyPublius: The Journal of FederalismWest European PoliticsGerman Politics, and Regional and Federal Studies.

John Kincaid, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, USA, 2016. He is the Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service and Director of the Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government at Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania. He also is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and recipient of the Daniel J. Elazar Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations of the American Political Science Association and of the Donald Stone Distinguished Scholar Award from the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management of the American Society of Public Administration. He received his Ph.D. in 1981 from Temple University, Philadelphia.

He has served as Editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism (1981-2006); Senior Editor of the Global Dialogue on Federalism (2001-2015), a joint project of the Forum of Federations and International Association of Centers for Federal Studies; Editor of a series of books on the Governments and Politics of the American States; President of the International Association of Centers for Federal Studies (1998-2005); President of the Southwestern Political Science Association (1993-1994); Executive Director (1988-1994) and Director of Research (1986-1988) of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Washington, D.C.; and Assistant and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas (1979-1994). In 1972-1973, he was Vice President of the Pentagon Papers Fund for the Defense of Human and Civil Liberties–the legal-defense organization for Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo in the Pentagon Papers Trial in Los Angeles.

He is the author of various works on federalism and intergovernmental relations in such journals as Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Regional & Federal Studies, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Polity, PS: Political Science and Politics, International Political Science Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Law and Politics, Rutgers Law Review, SMU Law Review, Public Administration Review, and New England Economic Review. He is the editor of Political Culture, Public Policy and the American States (1981) and Federalism (4 vols. 2011) and coeditor of Competition among States and Local Governments: Efficiency and Equity in American Federalism (1991), The Covenant Connection: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism (2000), Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries (2005), Interaction in Federal Systems (2008), Local Government in Federal Systems (2008), The Routledge Handbook of Regionalism and Federalism (2013), Intergovernmental Relations in Federal Systems: Comparative Structures and Dynamics (2015), Political Parties and Civil Society in Federal Countries (2015), and Courts in Federal Countries: Federalists or Unitarists? (2017).

He has lectured and consulted on issues of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state and local government, and decentralization throughout the United States as well as in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Iceland, India, Iraq, Japan, Maldives, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.