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Best Book Award (2023)

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

The prize is open to works by both academic and non-academic authors. The nominated book must have been published by a university or commercial publisher in the preceding two years (the prize awarded in 2023 will be for a book published in 2022 or 2021, the year of publication being the year as stated in the book).

The monograph may be single- or jointly- authored. Edited books are not eligible.

The work should preferably be in English; however, a submission written in another language can be nominated as long as it is accompanied by an English summary of the work of 5,000-7,000 words.

Self-nomination by authors is allowed but there should be only one letter of self-nomination and it would not count as one of the two required supporting letters. An eligible book should be nominated by two additional persons other than the authors.


  • Call for nominations: Extended until February 28, 2023
  • Results: May 1, 2023

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How to submit?

All nominations must be submitted online by one correspondent who has compiled all the relevant materials of the candidate into one single file submission. Please follow the guidelines below to submit a nomination:

    • Click on the "Nominate" button above
    • Log in to your IPPA account (or create one)
    • Fill in the form:
      • In the "Title" field, please indicate the title of the book
      • In "File PDF", please upload one PDF file named as the last name of the author_Book Title and containing the following: 
      1. Supporting statements from two academics and/or policy researchers in scholarly institutions or research centers based in two different countries advocating the merits of the book. This may be either one statement co-signed or two brief letters of support, but comprising no more than three pages in total. Neither the nominees nor the nominators have to be IPPA members. Publishers may nominate a book but must also secure the two supporting statements.
      2. CV of the nominated author
      3. The book manuscript of the nominee, either available via open access or in a downloadable e-format. Publishers can choose to send hard copies to the selection committee, in addition to the versions available open access or in downloadable e-format.  
      • Once you have uploaded your pdf file, click on the "Submit" button.

*Current members of the IPPA Executive should not nominate candidates, and are not eligible for the award. Former members of the IPPA Executive become eligible two years after the end of their mandate.

Please direct your questions to

Jury members

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Brian Head
University of Queensland

Jury Chair

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Natalia Koga
Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada - IPEA

Jury Member

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Andrea Lenschow
University of Osnabrueck

Jury Member

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Maria Tullia Galanti
Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan

Jury Member

Previous Winners

Edition 2019
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Customized Implementation of European Union Food Safety Policy - United in Diversity

Eva Thomann

Edition 2017
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The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America

Bryan D. Jones

Edition 2017
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The Politics of Information: Problem Definition and the Course of Public Policy in America

Franck R. Baumgartner

Edition 2021
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Uneven Social Policies: The Politics of Subnational Variation in Latin America

Sara Niedzwiecki

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