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 2019 prize.


2018 Winner

The 2018 prize for best book was awarded to Thomas Winzen, for his book Constitutional Preferences and Parliamentary Reform - Explaining National Parliaments' Adaptation to European Integration.

Winzen's work sets out to provide a comprehensive account of national parliaments' adaptation to European integration. Advancing an explanation based on political parties' constitutional preferences, Winzen investigates the nature and variation of parliamentary rights in European Union affairs across countries and levels of governance.

Our judges praised the book's clarity, logic and approachable style. They commended the author for demonstrating not only a high level of sophistication in methodological terms, but also considerable skill in combining quantitative and qualitative evidence to test the hypotheses. "This book will become the principal standard reference in the future literature on the role of national parliaments in the European Union," one judge predicts.

European Studies Best Book Prize Awards UACES

Thomas Winzen with Helen Drake, UACES Chair, at the UACES 48th Annual Conference Awards Ceremony, Bath, UK (view more)

Previous Winners
Year Author Title ISBN
2017 Michaƫl Tatham

With, Without, or Against the State? How European regions play the Brussels game

9780198758624
2016 Theresa Kuhn

Experiencing European Integration: Transnational Lives and European Identity

9780199688913
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
9781137327833
2013 Christopher Bickerton European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States
9780199606252
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 2019 Best Book Prize

The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2019.

To be eligible for the award, the book must:

  • have a publication date in 2018;
  • 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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