Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations

To recognise one of the most influential thinkers in international relations during the second half of the twentieth century, in 2017 ECPR instituted the Hedley Bull Prize in International Relations.

Hedley Bull (1932 - 1985) left Australia to study politics at the University of Oxford, and thereafter spent time teaching and conducting research at the Australian National University, London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford, where he held the Montague Burton Chair in International Relations.

Hedley Bull's seminal contibution to the field of International Relations is widely acknowledged by scholars around the world.  His book, The Anarchical Society (Columbia University Press, 1977), became a key text in the field of International Relations and is read by IR scholars and students around the world.

The €2,000 Hedley Bull Prize is awarded annually, for a book which makes a substantial and original contribution to theory and/or empirical studies in any field of International Relations.

Nominations for the 2019 Hedley Bull Prize are welcome from Tuesday 16 October, with the deadline for nominations being Thursday 28 February 2019   The winner will be announced in June 2019.



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