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

Terrible predictions…

In 1879, the magnificently named Sir Mountstuart Elphinstone Grant Duff MP met with a little known German journalist called Karl Marx. According to Francis Wheen’s biography, Sir Mountstuart, in a letter he wrote shortly after the meeting, was of the opinion that, although Marx was a nice chap: … Read More

by Pascal Porcheron

It’s September 2006 and the author of this piece is sitting in their first Literature class. The professor begins the class by asking us, ‘why are you here? What’s the point of studying Literature?’ Chaos ensues, as we soon discover that we have never interrogated the ‘why’—we … Read More

By Richard Howells

Visual culture is one of those things that seems to get only more relevant in an increasingly visual age. It also helps explain why my and Joachim Negreiros’s Visual Culture has now gone into its third edition with Polity.

When the first edition came out in 2003, … Read More

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By Thomas Kemple Georg Simmel’s writings are comparable in importance to those of Marx, Weber and Durkheim. And yet, with the recent completion of the 24 volumes of his collected works we are only just beginning to understand the vastness and variety of his ideas. With an emphasis on the… Read More

By Yanjie Bian

This book is about the social logic of how China works. The focus of analysis is on guanxi, the Chinese expression of personalized social relations. Personal and social relations are important in every culture and society because people live and work in the contexts of these relations. … Read More

By Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

As a scholar of media and politics, I have long been struck by an apparent contradiction in our understanding of political life: On the one hand, Western societies have historically taken a dim view of emotion, and its impact on political life. We have tended to see … Read More

By George Klosko Whether we should obey the law is a question that affects everyone’s day-to-day life, from traffic laws to criminal laws to requirements to pay our taxes. Even if most people obey unreflectively or out of habit, the question remains: why we are morally required to do so.… Read More
By Emanuela Ceva and Michele Bocchiola Whistleblowing has become a largely discussed topic mainly as a consequence of such headline cases as those of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. However, the grounds for its justification within political theory and public ethics remain underexplored. Although it is intuitively clear what a… Read More

By Ronald L. Mize

In the lead up to the 2018 US midterm elections, echoes of the 2016 vitriol that swept self-avowed ‘nationalist’ Donald Trump into the presidency are now focused on the ‘migrant caravan’. Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric has culminated in a new commercial aired on national television on the … Read More

By Colin Crouch Reversing the backlash against globalization requires active politics in two opposite directions: the strengthening of democracy beyond the level of the nation state; and strenuous efforts at local economic development. In The Globalization Paradox Dani Rodrik argued that we have a choice among democracy, national sovereignty and… Read More
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