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Page Receives APSA Award for Book

September 4, 2007 | by Pat Vaughan Tremmel

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Benjamin I. Page, Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making and professor of political science at Northwestern University, has received the 2007 Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association.

The award, given to the best political science publication in the field of United States national policy, honors a book by Page and his co-author, Marshall Bouton, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, "The Foreign Policy Disconnect: What Americans Want from Our Leaders But Don't Get."

"The Foreign Policy Disconnect," drawn from a series of national surveys conducted between 1974 and 2004, reveals that Americans generally hold sensible opinions about foreign policy that stand in direct opposition to those of policymakers. The gaps between leaders and the public are harmful, and policymakers could craft a more effective and democratic foreign policy by using public opinion as a guideline, Page and Bouton argue.

Page has written extensively about U.S. public opinion, including "The Rational Public: Fifty Years of Trends in Americans' Policy Preferences." The book, co-authored with Robert Y. Shapiro, received the Philip E. Converse Award from the APSA for a book on public opinion whose influence has lasted at least ten years.

Page also received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a past fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

The American Political Science Association, founded in 1903, is the leading professional organization for the study of political science and serves more than 15,000 members in more than 80 countries. With a range of programs and services for individuals, departments and institutions, APSA brings together political scientists from all fields of inquiry, regions and occupational endeavors within and outside academe in order to expand awareness and understanding of politics.