Crisp Prize

Crisp Prize is awarded biennially to the best scholarly book on political science by an early or mid-career researcher

Call for Nominations 2022 (TBA)

  • Call for Nominations 
  • Closing Date for Nominations 
  • Commission of Winner’s Award 

The Crisp Prize is awarded on a biennial basis, alternating with the Henry Mayer Book Prize.

Nomination Guidelines

  • The nomination is open to scholarly books on political science by an APSA member who has graduated with a PhD within the past 10 years (allowing for career interruptions) and must be resident in Australia in the year of their nomination.
  • A call for nominations will be circulated to members of APSA and to the major publishers operating in Australia. Nominations can be made by any current financial member of APSA (including the author of the book).
  • To enter, please complete the Crisp Prize Nomination Form and email with a PDF or four electronic copies (if your copies are download codes or ebooks) of the nominated book to Arts-SSPS-APSA@unimelb.edu.au by the announced due date. Please do not submit anything until the call for nominations is announced.

Judging Process

  • The decision will be made by a judging panel chaired by a member of the APSA Executive. The panel will consist of at least three judges (including the chair), all are APSA current financial members. Past winners will be encouraged to participate in the judging process for future awards.
  • Members of judging panels should adhere to the Guidance on Identifying and Managing Conflicts of Interest. If the Chair of a judging panel has a significant conflict of interest, they must relinquish their position as Chair to one of the other panellists.
  • APSA reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year.

Award Details

  • The winner will be invited to attend the Association’s annual conference dinner and receive the prize of $1000 and a certificate.
  • This Prize is funded by the Crisp Trust.

Past Winners:

2020: Sarah Phillips 2020, When There Was No Aid: War and Peace in Somaliland, Cornell University Press

2018: Peter Tangney, Climate Adaptation Policy and Evidence: Understanding the Tensions between Politics and Expertise in Public Policy, Earthscan/Routledge.

Highly Commended: Peter Balint, Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism & Contemporary Diversity, Oxford University Press.

2016: Luke Glanville, Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History, University of Chicago Press.