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Congrats, you have an all-male book prize!

The W.J.M. Mackenzie Book Prize 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 has only ever been awarded to men.

[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 here]

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(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 DevelopmentFrom 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.

Happy Reading!

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