Polity blog posts highlight new and recent books published by us, often with the comments and views of the authors themselves.

By Roger Griffin Having just embarked on a doctorate which set out to define generic fascism in terms of how fascists, primarily Fascists and Nazis, themselves conceived the goals of their movement in surviving primary sources, I went to a postgraduate reception in the Oxford College where I had studied… Read More
By Beverley Milton-Edwards Since 2011 the contemporary Middle East has entered an era of uncertainty characterised by protest politics, new conflicts in countries like Syria, rising ethnic tensions, insurgency, and terrorism. State responses to these political changes have often been reactionary as elites attempt to shore up authoritarian rule and… Read More

In our latest book Global Health: An Introductory Text we have drawn upon a social scientific lens to critically consider this topic area, because we believe that the social determinants of health should be at the forefront of analyses in this area. That is not to say that the physical … Read More

By Lisa M. Stulberg George W. Bush was president when I started teaching New York University undergraduates about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social movements. Gay-straight alliances were much tougher to find for young people who sought out institutional supports in their schools. Some same-sex sexual activity was… Read More
By Paul Hopper International development is facing significant criticism and profound challenges. European governments are prioritising domestic agendas by cutting aid budgets and diverting development money to dealing with refugees. Many of these governments promote the private sector as an alternative source of development assistance. It means that there is… Read More
By Daniele Archibugi and Alice Pease International criminal justice is still sailing in uncharted waters. At the end of 2017, after 24 years of activity, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) closed its doors after handing Ratko Mladić a life sentence and the spectacular live suicide of… Read More

Written by William E Scheuerman

Why a new book on civil disobedience? Many impressive intellectuals –just to mention a few of the most famous: Hannah Arendt, Jürgen Habermas, and John Rawls– have already written extensively on the topic. What more could one possibly say about something that so preoccupied Mahatma … Read More

Written by Patrick Curry.

Ecological Ethics was published in a second edition, revised and considerably expanded, in 2011. Last year, I wrote a new Foreword for it. I didn’t feel it was necessary to revise the text again because the last few years have seen little change in what I … Read More

Shakespeare is our contemporary. So is Aristotle, and El Greco, and Murasaki Shikibu, the Japanese court lady who, a bit more than a thousand years ago, wrote The Tale of Genji, considered by many to be the first psychological novel in the whole world. They are our contemporaries because what … Read More


Why does a woman who discovers relatives she never knew she had, feel so moved when she recognises a family resemblance with them, and how is it that family resemblances can feel uncanny, or spooky, or even magical? What is happening when someone feels an affinity with a place, or … Read More

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