Henry Mayer Book Prize for Australian Politics

This prize is for the best book published in the specified eligibility period on Australian politics, including political history. 

The Henry Mayer Book Prize is funded by income generated by the APSA endowment established, in 2009, by the Henry Mayer Trust. The Prize is awarded on a biennial basis, alternating with the Crisp Prize. The next award will be offered in 2021.

The prize is open to works by both academic and non-academic authors, whether published in Australia or overseas. The nominated book must have been published by a university or commercial publisher in the preceding two years. (e.g. The prize awarded in 2021 will be for a book published in 2020 or 2019, year of publication being the year stated in the book) The monograph may be single- or jointly-authored, however edited books are not eligible. The author does not have to be a member of APSA (although this is preferable) for the book to be eligible for consideration.

A call for nominations will be circulated to members of APSA and to the major publishers operating in Australia. Publishers may nominate one book, and a book may only be submitted once for the prize. Authors can self-nominate or be nominated by another person. To be complete, nominations need to be accompanied by a digital copy of the book (ebook, PDF, download links) emailed to the Arts-SSPS-APSA@unimelb.edu.au by the announced due date.

The prize is determined by a judging panel established by the Executive Committee of APSA, comprised of at least three people and aim to include at least one woman. All judges will be members of APSA. Where possible, past winners will be encouraged to participate in the judging process for future awards. Except where such a nomination might give rise to a perceived conflict of interest, the panel will also include a fourth person nominated by the Mayer Trust. No one who is nominated for the prize, who has nominated someone else for the prize, or who has a relationship with anyone nominated for the prize will be eligible to sit on the panel.

The winner of the prize will be announced in the relevant year, and invited to the APSA Annual Conference dinner, where the prize of A$1000 and a trophy will be awarded.

Call for Nominations 2021: TBA (Nominations should only be submitted in response to the announcement of the Call for Nominations )


Past winners : 

2019: Paul Strangio, Paul ‘T Hart & James Walter, The Pivot of Power: Australian Prime Ministers and Political Leadership, 1949–2016, Melbourne University Press, 2017

2017: Sarah Ferguson & Patricia Drum, The Killing Season Uncut, Melbourne University Press, 2016.

2015: Stephen Mills (University of Sydney), The Professionals: Strategy, Money and the Rise of the Political Campaigner in Australia, Melbourne: Black Inc, 2014.

2013: Paul Strangio (Monash University)Neither Power Nor Glory: 100 Years of Political Labor in Victoria, 1856 – 1956, Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2012.

2011: James Walter (Monash University), What Were They Thinking? The Politics of Ideas in Australia, Sydney: UNSW Press, 2010.

2009: Joint Prize: Sarah Maddison (University of New South Wales), Black Politics: Inside the Complexity of Aboriginal Political Culture, Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2008;
David McKnight (University of New South Wales), Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture Wars, Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin, 2007.