SSH Rate

Call for nominations: A.SK Social Science Award

The WZB Berlin Social Science Center invites nominations for the A.SK Social Science Award 2017. The award honors research on public policy with a focus on economic and governmental reforms by scholars, practitioners and professionals with a prize of €100,000.

The A.SK Social Science Award honors research in the spirit of the A.SK mission statement presenting new ideas on Economic Reform and Government Reform, with a global perspective, such as:


  • the role of entrepreneurs and competitive cooperation for economic well-being and development
  • the micro- and macroeconomic features of systems which allow employees to participate more in the ownership of their companies through ownership components of salaries
  • the allocative and distributive qualities of systems where individual land ownership rights are limited to long-term leases,
  • the possibilities for the financial sector to have more direct links to the national production of goods and services in order to prevent monetary  instabilities and speculative deformations,


  • the possibilities of governmental reforms
  • civil society and the contribution of non-governmental organisations to democratic and effective governance
  • the potential of multi-level democracies
  • preconditions of good governance in state and society.

Previous A.SK Social Science Award holders are:

  • Sir Antony Atkinson, Professor of Economics, Oxford (2007)
  • Martha C. Nussbaum, Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago (2009)
  • Transparency International, Berlin (2011)
  • Paul Collier, Oxford (2013)
  • Esther Duflo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015)

The members of the Award Committee are:

  • Prof. Dr. Werner Abelshauser, University of Bielefeld
  • Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, Ph.D., WZB Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Tanja Börzel, Free University of Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Dorothea Kübler, WZB Berlin
  • Prof. Dr. Orlando Patterson, Harvard University
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister of Environment et al.
Application date
1 Oct 2016
Europe Germany
Social sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Geography International Relations Law Political science Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
€ 100.000