The is awarded annually by the UK Political Studies Association to the best book published in political science in each calendar year.
Yet, until 2016, the prize .
[UPDATE: Congrats to Ruth Dixon, who in 2016, became the first female co-recipient of the MacKenzie Book Prize, along with Christopher Hood for their co-authored book A Government That Worked Better and Cost Less? Evaluating Three Decades of Reform and Change in UK Central Government. Read more ]
(Thanks to for highlighting this).
Below we include a partial (crowd-sourced) list of excellent books written by women in politics and IR during the last thirty years that our members have recommended. Please send us your suggestions and additions – which books written by women political scientists, IR scholars and theorists have influenced you?
- Jane Mansbridge (1980) Beyond Adversary Democracy. New York: Basic Books.
- Susan Strange (1986) Casino Capitalism. Oxford University Press.
- Carole Pateman (1988) The Sexual Contract. Polity Press.
- Cynthia Enloe (1989) Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. University of California Press.
- Susan Moller Okin (1989) Justice, Gender and the Family. Basic Books.
- Iris Marion Young (1990) Justice and the Politics of Difference. Princeton University Press.
- Sylvia Walby (1990) Theorising Patriarchy. Blackwell.
- Cynthia Cockburn (1991) In The Way of Women. Macmillan.
- J. Ann Tickner (1992) Gender in International Relations: Feminist Perspectives on Achieving Global Security. Columbia University Press.
- Joni Lovenduski and Vicky Randall (1993). Contemporary Feminist Politics: Women and Power in Britain. Oxford University Press.
- Joni Lovenduski and Pippa Norris (1993) Gender and Party Politics. London: Sage.
- Chantal Mouffe (1993) The Return of the Political. Verso.
- Liah Greenfeld (1993) Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity. Harvard University Press.
- Diana Coole (1993) Women in Political Theory: From Ancient Misogyny to Contemporary Feminism. 2nd ed. Lynne Rienner.
- Anne Phillips (1995) The Politics of Presence: The Political Representation of Gender, Ethnicity, and Race. Oxford University Press.
- Pippa Norris and Joni Lovenduski (1995) Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class in the British Parliament. Cambridge University Press.
- Jan Jindy Pettman (1996) Worlding Women: A Feminist International Politics. Routledge.
- Martha Finnemore (1996) National Interests in International Society. Cornell University Press.
- Ruth Lister (1997) Citizenship: Feminist Perspectives. Palgrave.
- Carol Lee Bacchi (1999) Women, Policy and Politics: The Construction of Policy Problems. Sage.
- Marysia Zalewski (2000) Feminism after Postmodernism: Theorising through Practice. Routledge.
- Carol Johnson (2000) Governing Change: Keating to Howard. University of Queensland Press.
- Gabriella Slomp (2000) Thomas Hobbes and the Political Philosophy of Glory, Macmillan.
- Ann Russo (2001) Taking Back Our Lives. Routledge.
- Christine Sylvester (2001) Feminist International Relations: An Unfinished Journey. Cambridge University Press.
- Maja Zehfuss (2002) Constructivism in International Relations. Cambridge University Press.
- Shirin Rai (2002) Gender and the Political Economy of Development: From Nationalism to Globalisation. Polity.
- Louise Chappell (2002) Gendering Government. UBC Press.
- Pippa Norris (2003) Democratic Phoenix: Reinventing Political Activism. Cambridge University Press.
- Michele Micheletti (2003) Political Virtue and Shopping: Individuals, Consumerism and Collective Action. Palgrave.
- Sarah Childs (2004) New Labour’s Women MPs: Women Representing Women. Routledge.
- Joni Lovenduski (2005) Feminizing Politics. Polity Press.
- Miki Caul Kittilson (2006) Challenging Parties, Changing Parliaments: Women and Elected Office in Contemporary Western Europe. The Ohio State University Press.
- Georgina Waylen (2007) Engendering Transitions: Women’s Mobilisation, Institutions and Gender Outcomes. Oxford University Press.
- Valerie Bryson (2007) Gender and the Politics of Time: Feminist Theory and Contemporary Debates. Policy Press.
- Ayesha Siddiqa (2007) Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy. Pluto Press.
- Judith Squires (2007) The New Politics of Gender Equality. Palgrave.
- Laura Sjoberg and Caron Gentry (2007) Mothers, Monsters, Whores: Women’s Violence in Global Politics. Zed Books.
- Bonnie Meguid (2008) Party Competition Between Unequals: Strategies and Electoral Fortunes in Western Europe. Cambridge University Press.
- Kimberly Hutchings (2008) Time and World Politics: Thinking the Present. MUP.
- Christina Boswell (2009/2012) The Political Uses of Expert Knowledge: Immigration Policy and Social Research. Cambridge University Press.
- Nancy Fraser (2010) Scales of Justice: Reimagining Political Space in a Globalising World. Columbia University Press.
- Mona Lena Krook and Fiona Mackay (2011) Gender, Politics and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism. Palgrave.
- Fidelma Ashe (2011) The New Politics of Masculinity: Men, Power and Resistance. Routledge.
- Jacqui True (2012) The Political Economy of Violence Against Women. Oxford University Press.
- Marysia Zalewski (2013) Feminist International Relations: Exquisite Corpse. Routledge.
- Charli Carpenter (2014) ‘Lost’ Causes: Agenda Vetting in Global Issue Networks and the Shaping of Human Security. Cornell University Press.
- Louise Chappell (2015) The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court. Oxford University Press.