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) has determined the Best Book Award winner for the 2019 edition. 


The 2019 Best Book Award jury:

Klaus Schubert (chair)             Olivia Jensen                     Kent Weaver                                                              

University of Munster            National University of         Georgetown University



The 2019 Best Book Award has been officially presented at ICPP4-Montreal 2019 (June 26-28, 2019) where a panel has been devoted to the winning book.



Best Book on Public policy Award - 2019 Winner

The jury awarded the Best Book Award 2019 to Eva Thomann for her book Customized Implementation of European Union Food Safety Policy - United in Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)


  IPPA Best Book Award Winner

IPPA Best Book Award -2019




Eva Thomann, Senior Lecturer in Politics,

University of Exeter, UK


Eva Thomann is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter. She specializes in Public Policy and Public Administration with an emphasis on both multilevel and frontline policy implementation. Eva Thomann’s research on customization scrutinizes the patterns, causes, and consequences of how member states adapt and change European Union policies when putting them into action. Her topical interests include Europeanization and European integration, multilevel governance, public accountability, behavioral public policy and administration, and case-oriented and set-theoretic methodology. Her research appeared amongst others in the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of European Public Policy, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Policy Studies Journal, Sociological Methods & Research, Governance, Policy Sciences, the Journal of Public Policy, and Public Administration. Eva Thomann is a member of the steering committee of the Comparative Methods for Systematic Cross-Case Analysis (COMPASSS) network and co-chair of the Permanent Study Group on Public Policy of the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA). She is an instructor of the 2019 Summer School of the International Public Policy Association (IPPA) in Padova and she teaches set-theoretic methods at various international method schools. Previously, she has held research positions and lectured at the University of Bern, the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research, the University of Heidelberg, and the European University Institute in Florence. She completed her PhD in Public Administration at the University of Bern in 2015 and has worked in policy consultancy from 2009-2015. More information can be found on her website.



Jury explanation



"In the conceptualisation and analysis of customization, the book makes an important contribution to the analysis of multi-level governance relevant not just to the EU, and provides a foundation for future studies. It is also strong methodologically and timely, given Brexit and the widespread dissatisfaction with the European project in member countries."

Klaus Schubert - University of Munster