Joseph J. Spengler Best Book Prize

In 2004 the Society established the Joseph J. Spengler Prize for the best book in the history of economics. Beside the honor, there is a stipend of $500 plus travel expenses up to $500 to attend the presentation at the Society's annual conference.

Selection Process

Eligibility: Original, authored books in the history of economics published, in English, during the two calendar years preceding the HES Meeting at which the award is presented. Scholarly books and monographs are eligible, as are English-language translations of scholarly books in the history of economics, but neither textbooks, doctoral dissertations, nor edited volumes are eligible

Nomination process:  Any publisher may nominate one or two books and should submit a nominating note and four copies of the book for each book nominated.  Any individual, including a book's author, may submit a nominating note and four copies of the book nominated. Eligible books may be re-nominated in successive years.  (Individual nominators may wish to ask the nominee's publisher to supply the copies. Before nominating a book, individuals may wish to check with the HES Secretary, to ensure that the book has not already been nominated). 

To be considered, nominations (and the four book copies) must be received no later than December 31.

Nominations should be submitted to: Tim Leonard, Secretary, History of Economics Society, Department of Economics, Princeton University, Fisher Hall, Princeton, NJ, United States, 08544.

Award Recipients
YEAR AUTHOR TITLE Publisher
 
2013 Angus Burgin The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets Since the Depression Harvard University Press
 
 
2012 Sophus Reinert Translating Empire: Emulation and the Origins of Political Economy Harvard University Press
 
2011 Robert Leonard Von Neumann, Morgenstern, and the Creation of Game Theory: From Chess to Social Science, 1900-1960 Cambridge University Press
 
 
2010 Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist Duke University Press
 
2009 Steven M. Teles The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement Princeton University Press
 
2008 Thomas K. McCraw Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction Harvard University Press, 2007
 
2007 Istvan Hont Jealousy of Trade: Internatlional Competition and the Nation State Belknap, 2005
 
2006 Harro Maas William Stanley Jevons and the Making of Modern Economics Cambridge University Press, 2005
 
2005 E. Roy Weintraub How Economics Became a Mathematical Science Duke University Press, 2002
 
2004 D. Wade Hands Reflection without Rules:
Economic Methodology and Contemporary Science Theory
Cambridge University Press, 2001