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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.

By Eric Mack Libertarianism seeks to convey the richness and depth of libertarian political philosophy. It does so both by offering illuminating critical accounts of philosophical defenses of basic libertarian principles – principles of individual freedom, property rights, voluntary cooperation, and radical limitations on state authority – and by exploring… Read More
By Janna Thompson ‘Why should present people have to take responsibility for the deeds of past generations?’ This was the response of the prime minister of my country to the demand for an apology for wrongs done to indigenous people and their forebears. The same doubt is expressed by citizens… Read More

If the open Internet is an essential precondition for democracy, should governments or corporations be allowed to restrict it? This is the question at the heart of my book ‘The Closing of the Net’ and it discusses the backdrop to the political controversies of today around such issues as fake … Read More

  By Neville Morley.  “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see ‘the River Tiber foaming with much blood.’” This week’s anniversary of Enoch Powell’s notorious ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech offers an illustration of one dimension of Why Classics Matters today –… Read More
By Tim Ingold How to compress a sprawling subject – the study of human life in all its protean variety and messiness – in a book of 28,000 words? How to make it accessible to readers who have never encountered anthropology before? How, nevertheless, to open up the discipline to… Read More
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
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