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.
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.