The UACES Best Book Prize is awarded annually for the book that has made the most substantial and original contribution to knowledge in the area of contemporary European Studies.

Scroll down for competition rules, eligibility and how to enter the 2018 prize.

2017 Winner

The 2017 prize for best book was awarded to Michaël Tatham for his book With, Without, or Against the State? How European regions play the Brussels game.

Tatham’s work sets out to examine how sub-state entities (SSE’s) in Europe interact with the nation-states to which they belong when lobbying at European Union level. Using qualitative and quantitative methods, he explores this question by way of a comparative case study approach. The book’s mixed methods model and – in the words of one of our judges – its ‘impeccable comparative logic’, consistently bolster its line of argument. Tatham concludes that regional actors tend either toward cooperation or non-interaction vis-à-vis their national governments when engaging with Brussels.

Our judges were unanimous in their assessment of the book’s clarity of writing, strength of argument, and methodological rigour. They were equally concurrent on this being a timely and valuable contribution to the discipline of European Studies and beyond.

Best Book 2017

Michaël Tatham with Helen Drake, UACES Chair, at the UACES 47th Annual Conference Awards Ceremony, Krakow, Poland.

Previous Winners
Year Author Title ISBN
2016 Theresa Kuhn

Experiencing European Integration: Transnational Lives and European Identity

2015 Kenneth Dyson States, Debt, and Power: Saints and Sinners in European History and Integration 9780198714071
2014 Claudia Schrag Sternberg The Struggle for EU Legitimacy: Public Contestation 1950-2005
2013 Christopher Bickerton European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States
2012 Mai’a K. Davis Cross Security Integration in Europe: How Knowledge-based Networks Are Transforming the European Union 9780472117895
2011 Kenneth Armstrong Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization through Policy Coordination 9780199278374
2010 Robert Schütze From Dual to Cooperative Federalism: The Changing Structure of European Law 9780199238583
2009 Urfan Khaliq Ethical Dimensions of the Foreign Policy of the European Union: A Legal Appraisal 9780521870757
2008 Jo Shaw The Transformation of Citizenship in the European Union: Electoral Rights and the Restructuring of Political Space 9780521677943
2007 Andrew Jordan & Adriaan Schout The Coordination of the European Union: Exploring the Capacities of Networked Governance 9780199548484
2007 Lynn Dobson Supranational Citizenship (Europe in Change) 9780719069529
2006 Georg Menz Varieties of Capitalism and Europeanization: National Response Strategies to the Single European Market 9780199551033
2005 Stefan Auer Liberal Nationalism in Central Europe 9780415314794

Nominate for 2018 Best Book Prize

The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2018.

To be eligible for the award, the book must:

  • have a publication date in 2017;
  • be written in English (or translated into English);
  • be authored by an Individual, Early-Career or Student member of UACES (the prize is open to single-, dual- or multi-authored books, but NOT edited volumes).

Nominations for the prize are welcome from individuals or publishers. Two hard copies of each nominated book should be sent to the UACES office by the nomination deadline, clearly identifying the books as nominations for the prize. Electronic copies will not be accepted.

The prize is 100 GBP and the winning author will be invited to attend our Annual Conference as our guest and to collect the prize.

Competition Rules

  • The jury's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
  • No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries;
  • UACES does not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt;
  • UACES reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion;
  • Books will not be returned;
  • Subsequent requests for book reviews will not be passed on to the jury;
  • Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
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