Mark E. Button, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Political Science, received the 2019 Heinz I. Eulau Award from the American Political Science Association for his article, "Bounded Rationality without Bounded Democracy: Nudges, Democratic Citizenship, and Pathways for Building Civic Capacity."
The award recognizes the best article published in the Cambridge University Press journal Perspectives on Politics. The award, supported by the journal's publisher, was presented at the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting and Exhibition, the world's largest gathering of political scientists.
"This scholarly tour de force distills vast literatures in political theory and public policy in support of a powerful case that will have a lasting impact on a broad swath of important scholarly, political, and policy issues," the award committee wrote about the article, which critiques the "nudging" approach to public policy.
Button is the author of Political Vices (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Contract, Culture, and Citizenship: Transformative Liberalism from Hobbes to Rawls (Penn State University Press, 2008). His articles on political ethics, deliberative democracy, and the history of moral and political thought have appeared in numerous publications. He is co-editor and contributing author of the forthcoming interdisciplinary volume: Suicide and Social Justice: New Perspectives on the Politics of Suicide and Suicide Prevention from Routledge Press.