Winner, ISA's 2015 Chadwick F. Alger Prize

The Chadwick F. Alger Prize recognizes the best book published on the subject of international organization and multilateralism.  It is awarded annually by the International Organization Section of the International Studies Association (ISA).


Honorable Mention, 2015 Lepgold Book Prize

The Lepgold Book Prize honors exceptional contributions to the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the resolution of critical policy challenges.  It is awarded annually by the Mortara Center for International Studies at Georgetown University.


"Why are international governmental organizations (IGOs) often so difficult even for powerful states to control? A major reason, as Tana Johnson shows in her important and original book, Organizational Progeny, is that bureaucrats often play key roles in designing new IGOs, and in doing so they often succeed in insulating the new IGOs from state control. International bureaucrats are agents in two senses: active shapers of their environments as well as occupants of organizational roles constrained by state policy."

- Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs
Princeton University


"Organizational Progeny truly pushes us to reconsider the nature and consequences of delegation in global governance. Skillfully combining quantitative and qualitative analyses of the creation of international organizations, Tana Johnson convincingly shows how and why international bureaucrats matter to the design and evolution of cooperation in world politics."

- Jonas Tallberg, Professor of Political Science
Stockholm University


"For all those who think that states pull all the strings when it comes to designing and controlling international organizations, Tana Johnson's excellent book will force you to think again. While most studies focus on states as principals and international bureaucrats as agents, Johnson demonstrates that many international bureaucrats have mastered the art of insulating themselves from state control. This is a terrific study. Give it a careful read, and you will have a much better grasp of international organizational politics."

- Beth Simmons, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs
Harvard University


"If you are looking for a clearly written book that uses a variety of different methods to address an important question providing analysis that is comprehensible, replicable, and speaks to a range of important literatures in IR/IO/IPE, then this is a book for you (or your students).  Organizational Progeny will be on graduate syllabi for years to come and will be on at least one advanced undergraduate syllabus (mine) next semester."  (from Review of International Organizations)

- Michael Tierney, George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations
College of William and Mary 


"Organizational Progeny is a rich, comprehensive study that challenges the deep-held state-centric assumption in IR.  It is a must-read for anyone interested in developments in the international realm.  Moreover, its contribution to the principal-agent literature and its detailed discussion of bureaucrats' actions will make it appealing to even broader political science audiences."  (from International Politics Reviews)

- Alexandru Grigorescu, Associate Professor of Political Science
Loyola University, Chicago


"Organizational Progeny constitutes a significant advance in our understanding of the day-to-day working of international politics."  (from International Politics Reviews)

- Tanisha Fazal, Associate Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies
University of Notre Dame


"I found the meticulous research in Johnson's book to be a model of multi-method, ambitious research, and I know her book will offer students of international organizations much insight for years to come."  (from International Politics Reviews)

- Joshua Busby, Associate Professor of Public Affairs
University of Texas-Austin


"Johnson rigorously applies state-of-the-art research methods in political science.  For international lawyers, her book resembles a methodological showcase, offering them an easily accessible grasp of the methodological potency of their neighboring discipline." (from European Journal of International Law)

- Matthias Goldmann, Senior Research Fellow
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law


"The book is erudite and well-suited for scholars, students, and practitioners.  In particular, it will benefit those wanting to attain a deeper understanding of the role played by non-state actors in the field of governance, organization studies, and policy analysis."

- Academic Council of the United Nations System (ACUNS)