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.
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.
Thomas Winzen with Helen Drake, UACES Chair, at the UACES 48th Annual Conference Awards Ceremony, Bath, UK.
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.
Michaël Tatham with Helen Drake, UACES Chair, at the UACES 47th Annual Conference Awards Ceremony, Krakow, Poland.
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.
- 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.