The Ed A Hewett Book Prize, sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, is awarded annually for an outstanding monograph on the political economy of the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their transitional successors, published in the previous year.
Ed A Hewett was a distinguished alumnus of the University of Michigan, (PhD, economics), a prominent scholar, a fine colleague, and an internationally respected member of the field. The Hewett Book Prize was established in 1994 in his honor to recognize and encourage the high standard of scholarship that he so admirably advanced in the area of his interests, and was sponsored by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research from 1994 to 2012.
The Hewett Prize carries a cash award and is presented at the ASEEES Annual Convention.
Gerald Easter, Capital, Coercion, and Postcommunist States (Cornell University Press)
2013 Ed A Hewett Book Prize Committee
The winner of the Hewett Book Prize will be chosen by the following scholars:
- Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Committee Chair, 2012-2014
Prof. Scott Gehlbach
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dept of Political Science
1050 Bascom Mall, Room 110
Madison, WI 53706-1316
- Kathryn Anderson, Vanderbilt University; 2012-2013
Prof. Kathryn Anderson
Dept of Economics
Box 351819, Station B
Nashville, TN 37235-1819
- Dan Treisman, UCLA; 2013
Prof. Daniel Treisman
Department of Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles
4289 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1472
Rules of eligibility
Rules of eligibility for the Hewett book prize competition are as follows:
- The copyright date inside the book must list the previous calendar year as the date of publication (for example, the book must have been published in 2011 to be eligible for the 2012 competition).
- Only works originally published in English in the form of monographs, chapters in books, or substantial articles preferably by a single author, or by no more than two authors, are eligible.
- Works must be on the political economy of the centrally planned economies of the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe and/or their transitional successors.
- Textbooks, translations, bibliographies, and reference works are ineligible.
Send one copy of eligible monograph to each Committee member (see addresses above) AND to the ASEEES main office (address in the footnote; electronic notifications to firstname.lastname@example.org). Nominations must be received no later than May 7.
Submissions should be clearly marked “Hewett Book Prize Nomination.” If you would like to receive an acknowledgment that your nomination was received please enclose with the copy mailed to the ASEEES main office a note with your e-mail address or a self-addressed stamped envelope or a postcard.
Winners of the Ed A Hewett Book Prize
The following scholars received theHewett Book Prize in the past:
- 2012 - Carol Leonard, Agrarian Reform in Russia: The Road from Serfdom (Cambridge University Press).
- 2011- Timothy Frye for Building States and Markets after Communism: The Perils of Polarized Democracy (Cambridge University Press).
honorable mention: Yoshiko Herrera for Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond (Cornell University Press).2010 - Keith A. Darden for Economic Liberalism and its Rivals: The Formation of International Institutions Among the Post-Soviet States, published by Cambridge University Press.
honorable mentions:2009 - Lewis H. Siegelbaum, for Cars for Comrades: The Life of the Soviet Automobile (Cornell University Press)
Sean McMeekin, for History's Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks (Yale University Press)
Grigore Pop-Eleches, for From Economic Crisis to Reform: IMF Programs in Latin America and Eastern Europe (Princeton University Press).
- 2008 - Anna Grzymala-Busse, for Rebuilding Leviathan: Party Competition and State Exploitation in Post-Communist Democracies (Cambridge University Press)
- 2007 - János Kornai, for By Force of Thought: Irregular Memoirs of an Intellectual Journey (MIT Press)
- 2006 - David Ost, for The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Post Communist Europe (Cornell University Press)
- 2005 - Elizabeth C. Dunn, Privatizing Poland: Baby Food, Big Business, and the Remaking of Labor (Cornell University Press)
- 2004 - Paul R. Gregory, The Political Economy of Stalinism: Evidence from the Soviet Secret Archives (Cambridge University Press)
- 2003 - Randall W. Stone, Lending Credibility: The International Monetary Fund and Post-Communist Transition (Princeton University Press)
- 2002 - Mieke Meurs, The Evolution of Agrarian Institutions: A Comparative Study of Post-Socialist Hungary and Bulgaria (University of Michigan Press); Federico Varese, The Russian Mafia: Private Protection in a New Market Economy (Oxford University Press)
- 2001 - Timothy Frye, Brokers and Bureaucrats: Market Institutions in Russia (University of Michigan Press)
- 2000 - Katharina Mueller, The Political Economy of Pension Reform in Central-Eastern Europe (Edward Elgar Publishing)
- 1999 - Stephen K. Wegren, Agriculture and the State in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (University of Pittsburgh Press)
- 1998 - David L. Bartlett, The Political Economy of Dual Transformations: Market Reform and Democratization in Hungary (University of Michigan Press)
- 1997 - Clifford G. Gaddy, The Price of the Past: Russia's Struggle with the Legacy of a Militarized Economy (Brookings Institution Press)
- 1996 - Susan Woodward, Socialist Unemployment: The Political Economy of Yugoslavia, 1945-1990 (Princeton University Press)
- 1995 - Paul L. Joskow, Richard Schmalensee, and Natalia Tsukanova, "Competition Policy in Russia during and after Privatization" (Brookings Papers on Economic Activity)
- 1994 - Stephen Whitefield, Industrial Power an the Soviet State (The Clarendon Press) and Barry W. Ickes and Randi Ryterman, "Roadblock to Economic Reform: Inter Enterprise Debt and the Transition to Markets" (Post Soviet Affairs)