Following the launch of The Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) — Richard Higgott Journal Article Prize, it is with great pleasure that the shortlist of articles can now be circulated.
To recap, the Prize will be awarded to the best article published in IPE as deemed by a selection committee of IPE scholars (consisting of Penny Griffin, Shahar Hameiri, Adam Morton, Jason Sharman, and Jacqui True) with the award given to any article in IPE, understood in a pluralist sense to include the political economy of security, geography, literature, sociology, anthropology, post-coloniality, gender, finance, trade, regional studies or economic theory.
Those on the listserv of AIPEN have already voted for their top three articles from the longlist and the votes have been collated and calculated. The voting was extremely close. Towards the cut-off deadline, there were five articles that kept shifting positions up to the final day of voting.
That said, three articles did emerge as clearly leading the voting process with the following squeezing on to the shortlist. The final three are as follows:
- Martijn Konings (2014) ‘Financial Affect’, Distinktion, 15(1): 37-53;
- Ainsley D. Elbra (2014), ‘Interests Need Not be Pursued If They Can be Created: Private Governance in African Gold Mining’, Business and Politics, 16(2): 247-26; and
- Heloise Weber (2014) ‘When Goals Collide: Politics of the MDGs and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals Agenda’, The SAIS Review of International Affairs, 34(2): 129-39.
The prize committee are now looking forward to collectively reading these articles and announcing the outcome toward the end of the year. In addition to the award itself, the winner will also receive a cheque for $250.