BISA Susan Strange Book Prize winner 2012

Run of the Red Queen: Government, Innovation, Globalization, and Economic Growth in China

Published: May 2011 ISBN:9780300211955 Publisher: Yale University Press

 

BISA Susan Strange Book Prize winner 2015

Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration

Published: February 2015 ISBN: 9781107618343 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This timely and fascinating book demonstrates that sovereignty is not only an abstract concept. Rather, it is lived and managed by real social actors. The book weaves rich theoretical literature in an elegant and innovative manner. It demonstrates the value of incorporating sociology, including Pierre Bourdieu and Erving Goffman, into the study of the increasingly wider and more important spaces developing between the insides and the outsides of states and about which much of IR theory struggles to speak coherently. Thanks to an impressive number of in-depth interviews and unique ethnographical work, the book shows how diplomats embody the state and make sense of formal rules and sovereignty claims in their routine, daily activities. The book examines what happens when a government secures an opt-out or exemption from EU policies, as United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark and other countries have done on issues such as the euro, defense, social policy, border controls  and asylum and immigration. The findings are important and challenge core distinctions in IR and European integration theory by showing how, paradoxically, opt-outs can actually strengthen the EU. This is because everyday negotiations transform national interests into European ideals. - Summary provided by the book author.

Selection committee comments

"The committee awarded the prize to Opting out of The EU by Rebecca Adler-Nissen because of its empirically rich and theoretically sophisticated treatment of the key contemporary issue of how, when and why states opt-out of vital areas of European policy such as asylum, migration, security and justice. We were particularly impressed with the book’s original development and application of a political sociology of the everyday negotiations and tensions at the interface between national interests and European ideals."

Selection committee 2015

Chair Professor Peter Newell University of Sussex

Professor Richard Devatak University of Queensland

Dr Trine Flockhart Danish Institute for International Studies

Professor Elisabeth Prugl Graduate Insitute Geneva

 

Michael Nicholson Thesis Prize recipients

 

Year PhD awarded *Year Prize Awarded Name Institution Thesis Title  Thesis  Summary
2016 2017 Jakub Eberle University of Warwick Logic of Foreign Policy -Discourse, Fantasy and Germany's Policies in the Iraq Crisis  
2015 2016

James Eastwood

 


 

Darcy Leigh

 

SOAS

 


University of Edinburgh

The ethics of Israeli militarism: soldiers'testimony and the formation of the Israeli soldier-subject


Post-liberal agency: Decolonizing politics and universities in the Canadian Arctic

 
2014 2015

Stefan

Scheel

Open

University

Rethinking the Autonomy

of Migration: On the

Appropriation of Mobility

within Biometric Border

Regimes

2013 2014

Christopher

Rossdale

University of

Warwick

Anarchism, Anti-Militarism,
 
and the Politics of
 
Security
 
2012 2013

Erzsebet

Strausz

Aberystwyth

University

Being in Discourse:

An Experience

Book of Sovereignty

 
2011 2012

Jennifer

Martinez

University of

Nottingham

Comites de Tierra Urbana

(CTUs) and the "Right to the

City": Urban Transformation in

Venezuela a Bolivarian

Revolution.

 
2010  

Malfrid Braut-

Hegghammer

London

School of

Economics

Nuclear Entrepreneurs: Drivers

of Nuclear Proliferation

 
2009  

Omar

McDoom

London

School of

Economics

The Micro- Politics of Mass

Violence: Authority, Security,

and Opportunity in Rwanda's

Genocide

 
2008  

Priyanjali

Malik

Oxford

University

Debating "The Option": India's

Nuclear Policy in the 1990s

 
2007  

Columba

Peoples

Aberystwyth

University

Technology, common sense

and missile defence: A critical

approach to understandings of

technology employed in

American missile defence advocacy

 
2006 Joint winners  

Lauren

Phillips

 


Andrew

Neal

London

School of

Economics


University

of  Keele

Title unknown

 



Title unknown

 
2005  

Milja

Kurki

Aberystwyth

University

Rethinking the concept of

cause in IR theory

 
2004  

Emma

Haddad

London

School of

Economics

'Between Sovereigns: The

Refugee in International

Society'

 
2003 Joint winners  

Samantha

Jane King 


Anne

Hammerstad

University

of Plymouth


Wadham

College

Locating Moral Responsibility

for War Crimes


 

Title unknown

 
2002  

Tore 

Fougner

University

of  Keele

Politically at Sea:
 
problematising the new
 
norwegian shipping policy of
 
1996
 
2001  

Martin

Coward

University

of Newcastle

Urbicide and community in

bosnia- herzegovina

 
2000  

Debbie

Lisle

Univeristy

of Keele

Worlds apart: Politics,

Discourse and Contemporary

Travel Writing

 
1999  

James

Malcolm

University

of Sheffield

The political economy of

finance globalisation: does

japan "Big bang" herald

convergence?

 
1998 Joint winners  

Charlotte

Hooper


Edward

Keene

University

of Bristol

 


London

School of

Economics

Manly States: Masculinities,

International Relations and

Gender Politics


 

The Colonising Ethic and

modern international society

 
1997  

Molly

Cochran

London

School of

Economics

International ethics as

pragmatic critique: Confronting

the epistemological impasse of

the

cosmopolitan/communication

divide

 
1996       No record available  
1995       No record available  
1994  

Tim

Dunne

 

International Theory in Britain:

the Intervention of an

International Society Tradition

 
1993  

Erica

Benner

Oxford

University

Marx and Nationlism  
1992  

Sharon

Karman

Oxford

University

Rights of Conquest  

1991

1st year

of the

award

 
Susan
 
Rice
Oxford
 
University
The commonwealth initiative in
 
zimbabwe 1988/89 -
 
International Peacekeeping
 

*Note: In 2012 the BISA conference move from December to June so the Thesis prize is awarded the year after the thesis was awarded 

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