IPPA Best Book Award 2019


The IPPA Best Book Award is awarded biennially at the Association’s International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP). The award is given to a single- or co-authored monograph that makes an original and significant theoretical, methodological and/or empirical contribution to the field of Public Policy and/or Public Administration. 


In 2019, a Jury established by IPPA and composed by Klaus Schubert (University of Munster), Olivia Jensen (Lee Kuan Yew School) and Kent Weaver (Georgetown University) will determine the Best Book Award winner. 


The 2019 Best Book Award jury:

Klaus Schubert (chair)             Olivia Jensen                     Kent Weaver                                                              

University of Muenster            National University of         Georgetown University



The 2019 Best Book Award will be announced in January 2019 to the winner and will be officially presented at ICPP4-Montreal 2019,(June 26-28, 2019) where a panel will be devoted to the winning book.

13 applications have been submitted.



IPPA launched its first-ever Book Award for Public Policy. This award celebrated the best original research effort in a volume-format contribution to the field of public policy published in English between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 December 2016. The award-winning volume took place at the Gala Dinner in the Gardens by the Bay at ICPP3 - Singapore 2017. 


The jury for this award was made up of:


·         Claudio Radaelli (Chair, University of Exeter, UK)

·         Laura Chaqués-Bonafont (University of Barcelona and IBEI)

·         Chris Weible (University of Denver, USA)


Out of the 22 books received for consideration for the award, the jury presented the Best Book Award in Public Policy to Bryan Jones and Frank R Baumgartner for their book; The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America (University of Chicago Press, January 2015).


  IPPA Book Award Winner 2017

"The book award committee took the classic gold standard that an intentionally excellent research monograph should be: field-defining, grounded in novel theory, empirically rich, and relevant for its findings. Taking into account this factors we found that Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones book the Politics of Information comes on top of these criteria. B&J centre their analysis on the US / their data span decades, the comparison is across policy topics, the results are very strong. One member of our committee defined this work “simply mind-boggling”. This book is hard to ignore: it will be a classic of this time period. I present the award tonight [to Frank Baumgartner and Bryan Jones] with the congratulations of the jury." Laura Chaqués-Bonafont - University of Barcelona and Institut d’Estudis Internacionals de Barcelona, Spain

Frank Baumgartner accepting IPPA Book Award at ICPP3-Singapore 2017