IPEG Book Prize

The International Political Economy working group of the British International Studies Association is one of the largest and most active working groups in BISA and as such is a very prominent part of international studies research in the UK. However, this does not give the full picture, for IPEG membership is drawn from all over the globe. Therefore, it is a highly significant forum for IPE scholars wherever they are in the world.

IPEG awards a book prize every year for a monograph published in the previous calendar year. The prize is the defining award in IPE, and as such carries enormous prestige and profile well beyond the UK. There are two key reasons for this prestige: (1) the nominations for the longlist and the voting for the shortlist are an open and democratic processes, meaning that it is a highly impressive achievement for a book to make it to the shortlist; (2) the 4 shortlisted books are read by the 6 Book Prize judges, who – in an equally open and democratic manner – subsequently vote and deliberate on the winner.

The criteria guiding the verdicts and votes of the Book Prize judges include: conceptual innovations; empirical analysis; contribution to IPE as a discipline; contribution/connection to broader social science literatures; clarity of exposition; quality of the argument. Of course, such criteria will not apply to all books in the same way, and in this sense this is more of a guide than a template. Nevertheless, it is intended to facilitate the judges’ votes and deliberations.

Therefore, this process combines membership participation and expert judgements on the book’s quality. The pedigree of the previous winners is beyond doubt, and their monographs receive a significant amount of publicity and sales as a result. As such, the IPEG Book Prize has become a notable event and mark of status within and beyond IPE, and this is also shown via the generous support (in the form of book vouchers available to the winner) given by a number of publishing companies.

2017 Short-list

Over the three week voting period, 356 IPEG members cast votes for their four top-ranked choices from the long-list, the final results are:

1. María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, Indian Given: Racial Geographies across Mexico and the United States (Duke University Press, 2016)

2. Gareth Dale, Karl Polanyi: A Life on the Left (Columbia University Press, 2016)

3. Cornel Ban, Ruling Ideas. How Global Neoliberalism goes Local (Oxford University Press, 2016) 

4. Adrienne Roberts, Gendered States of Punishment and Welfare: Feminist Political Economy, Primitive Accumulation and the Law (Routledge, 2016)

The four short-listed book are passed on to the Book Prize Committee – Daniela Tepe-Belfrage (IPEG Co-Convenor, University of Liverpool), Johnna Montgomerie (IPEG Co-Convenor, Goldsmiths, University of London),  Alexander Nunn (former IPEG Convenor, Derby University), Angela Wigger (Radboud Universitiet Nijmegen), Akosua Darkwah (University of Ghana), Ashok Kumar (Queen Mary College, University of London). Therefore, determining the IPEG Book Prize winner is a process that combines membership participation and expert judgement. The winner is invited to deliver the keynote lecture at the IPEG Annual Workshop, this year on October 6-7, 2017 at the University of Liverpool.

Past Awardees

Please click on the links for further information about the process and other shortlisted authors. Many thanks to former Convenors Chris May and Adam David Morton for their help compiling this information.

2016 – Alex Anievas and Kerem Nisancioglu, How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism (Pluto, 2015)

2015 – Susanne Soederberg, Debtfare States and the Poverty Industry: Money, Discipline and the Surplus Population (Routledge, 2014)

2014 – Samuel Knafo, The Making of Modern Finance: Liberal Governance and the Gold Standard (Routledge, 2013)

2013 – Jacqui True, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women (Oxford University Press, 2012)

2012 – Adam David Morton, Revolution and State in Modern Mexico: The Political Economy of Uneven Development (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011)

2011 –  Jamie Peck, Constructions of Neoliberal Reason (Oxford University Press, 2010)

2010 – Penny Griffin, Gendering the World Bank: Neoliberalism and the Gendered Foundations of Global Governance (Palgrave, 2009)

2009 – William Robinson, Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Critical Globalization Perspective (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

2008 – Matthew Paterson, Automobile Politics: Ecology and Cultural Political Economy (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

2007 – Donald MacKenzie, An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets (MIT Press, 2006)

2006 – Graham Harrison, The World Bank and Africa: The Construction of Governance States (Routledge, 2004)