The ECPR Political Theory Prize was introduced in 2020 to highlight the critical role of political theory in political science by celebrating outstanding contributions in the field. The prize is awarded for the best first book in political theory, published in English and within two years preceding the award year.
The Political Theory Prize was conceived in collaboration with the ECPR Standing Groups on Kantian Political Thought, Political Theory and International Political Theory, along with the convenors of the ECPR General Conference Section on Methodology of Political Theory. It is co-sponsored by the Contemporary Political Theory journal and carries a prize fund of €500.
Nurturing and supporting the careers of students and early career researchers has been a key part of the mission of the ECPR since its creation, and nominations of early career scholars are therefore strongly encouraged.