The prize recognises scholarly work of high quality in East European studies by the British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Committee. Having previously won the award in 2007 for her book 'Elections, Parties and Representation in Post-Communist Europe' (Palgrave, 2004), this latest success recognises Professor Millard's contribution in this area of research.
The Committee's statement in support of the award read:
'After twenty years of post-communist democracy the structure of Poland's political parties remained confused, unstable and fluid. Parties had come and gone and leading politicians had frequently shifted their party bases. Frances Millard studies this process by focusing on the elections, both presidential and parliamentary, from 1990 to 2007. She brings a vast amount of knowledge, acquired from following Polish politics over the period, and sets developments against insights from political science literature. The book fills an important gap by providing, in a coherent and accessible form, an account of recent Polish political history, thereby demonstrating why expectations of a straightforward consolidation of a stable party system have proved unrealistic. This book is likely to become an important source for all those following Polish politics and is a worthy winner of the Blazyca prize.'