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Ralph Bunche Award ($500).

For the best scholarly work in political science, published in 1999, which explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism.

Award Committee: Marc Howard Ross, Bryn Mawr College, chair; Henry Flores, St. Mary's University; and Claire Kim, University of California, Irvine.

Recipients: Steven L. Burg, Brandeis University and Paul S. Shoup, University of Virginia

Book: The War in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Ethnic Conflict and International Intervention (M. E. Sharpe)

Recipient: J. Morgan Kousser, California Institute of Technology

Book: Colorblind Injustice:

Citation: Professors Burg and Shoup have written the only "detailed history" of the Bosnian war that highlights the incompatible goals of the three major warring factions. Their conclusions, although appearing to give no hope for an immediate settlement to the crisis, identifies the conditions under which outside powers can intervene in a conflict so complex and difficult to understand. A conflict of this nature, reinforced by the intransigence of all parties, can only be settled through the sacrifice of the self-interests of the intervenors. Although the authors present their analysis with the greatest detail, they do so while maintaining the highest scholarly standards through the presentation of the Bosnian conflict in a carefully balanced and thoughtful manner.

Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press)

Citation: J. Morgan Kousser's "Colorblind Injustice: Minority Voting Rights and the Undoing of the Second Reconstructions" is an impressively researched and important book. Starting with the First Reconstruction following the Civil War, Kousser shows how electoral laws and political institutions have been systematically designed to thwart minority voting power in the U.S. While the Second Reconstruction following World War II brought important advances in minority voting rights, Kousser argues persuasively that this progress has been seriously threatened by the radical "colorblind" turn initiated over the past decade by so-called conservative jurists and scholars. This book is a fine example of how historical analysis can enrich our understanding of contemporary policy issues.

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