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Polity is one of the world's leading publishers in politics, political theory and international relations. We publish many of the key scholars in these fields and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge publications. We also have a strong list of textbooks in politics which are widely adopted at colleges and universities around the world.
Our authors include internationally renowned political theorists and political scientists such as Alain Badiou, Brian Barry, Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck, David Beetham, Seyla Benhabib, Norberto Bobbio, Ken Booth, Judith Butler, Barry Buzan, Alex Callinicos, Manuel Castells, Raewyn Connell, Mark Duffield, Richard Falk, Nancy Fraser, Andrew Gamble, Anthony Giddens, David Theo Goldberg, John Gray, Jürgen Habermas, Colin Hay, David Held, Axel Honneth, G. John Ikenberry, Bob Jessop, Mary Kaldor, John Keane, Andrew Linklater, Charles Mills, David Miller, Tariq Modood, Antonio Negri, Joseph S. Nye Jr, Claus Offe, Carole Pateman, Anne Phillips, Thomas Pogge, Carl Schmitt, Quentin Skinner, Peter Sloterdijk, Tzvetan Todorov, Thomas G. Weiss and Slavoj Žižek.
We also publish books by leading political figures and commentators such as Tim Bale, Daniel Cohen, Stephen Farrell, Jonathan Fenby, Jeremy Rifkin and Susan George, which make a significant contribution to current political debate.
Visit our highlights page for more information on our new and forthcoming general interest titles.
Miall, Ramsbotham, Woodhouse and Mitchell: The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader
"This book is an absolute must-have resource for anyone interested in the birth and history of conflict resolution as a field of study, as well as a lexicon of fundamental documents that are currently shaping thinking and practice in the peacebuilding field."
Mari Fitzduff, Brandeis University
Ramsbotham, Woodhouse & Miall: Contemporary Conflict Resolution, 3rd edition
"There is no more definitive text in the field of peace and conflict studies. It is impressive in its clarity, comprehensiveness, and ability to incorporate an historical overview of each area as well as the latest thinking and debates."
Oliver Richmond, Manchester University
"This book has the rare quality of speaking well to newcomers to the field, who will appreciate its clarity and comprehensiveness, and older hands, who will appreciate the fresh insights and sharp analysis of the field's major theoretical perspectives and debates. As such, it deserves to be widely read by anyone interested in how we understand the complex world of International Relations."
Alex J. Bellamy, The University of Queensland
"This text is a must-read for any student or researcher serious about the study and practice of security."
Matt McDonald, The University of Queensland
Craig Allen Smith: Presidential Campaign Communication, 2nd edition
"As the next election approaches, it is definitely a book I would use in any course focused on the US presidency. Students loved the first edition. They will like this one even more."
Martin Medhurst, Baylor University
Lisa Garcia Bedolla: Latino Politics, 2nd Edition
"Lisa García Bedolla's award-winning Latino Politics is quickly becoming a classic in its field. Rigorous yet accessible, this is a must-have book for scholars of Latino politics."
Cristina Beltrán, author of The Trouble With Unity
"There is no better critical and engaged survey of the complex histories and contemporary struggles over this deeply contested concept than David Held's third and improved edition of Models of Democracy."
James Tully, University of Victoria
Kingdom and Fairclough: Government and Politics in Britain, 4th edition
"This revised and updated edition is comprehensive and engaging, offering readers a continuous invitation to think critically about the subject. It will be a key resource for all serious students of UK politics."
Mark Garnett, Lancaster University
"Clear-headed, fair-minded and fluently written. It will be of great value to students and all those interested in contemporary debates about liberty, equality, justice and community."
Michael Sandel, Professor of Government, Harvard University
Hampshire: The Politics of Immigration
"There's something for everyone in this deftly crafted book. Students will appreciate the clarity and breadth of coverage, while more advanced researchers will find a compelling and original contribution to our understanding of the factors shaping immigration policy."
Christina Boswell, University of Edinburgh
"An outstanding new edition, which accounts for more recent developments, such as the Lisbon Treaty. The book is unique in its in-depth analysis of a selection of some of the most important aspects of EU foreign policy."
George Kyris, University of Warwick
Harris: China's Foreign Policy
"Harris offers a clear and engaging account of China's foreign policy and the internal and external pressures its leaders face. Impartial and non-alarmist in its discussion of the so-called China threat, this book will serve instructors and students admirably."
Andrew J. Nathan, Columbia University
Tonge: Comparative Peace Processes
"This is a rigorously researched, clear-sighted and thoughtfully argued analysis. Tonge does not shy away from the painful realities of the conflicts covered, but he inspires us to believe that we are capable of learning from the mistakes of the past."
Feargal Cochrane, University of Kent
Alan Dowty: Israel / Palestine, 3rd edition
"Simply the best book available for undergraduates. In my many years of teaching I have never received such universal praise for a textbook on course evaluations."
Israel Studies Review
Bray and Slaughter: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction
"Global Democracy Theory answers an important need for a compact, wide-ranging, systematic, probing and accessibly written review of arguments about refashioning 'people's power' in contemporary politics."
Jan Scholte, University of Gothenburg and University of Warwick
Michael Edwards: Civil Society, 3rd edition
"A must-read for any student of the subject."
Leslie Lenkowsky, Indiana University
Hallward and Norman: Understanding Nonviolence
"Rarely does one find an edited volume so comprehensive and expert in its treatment of such a timely subject."
Erica Chenoweth, University of Denver
Schock: Civil Resistance Today
In this authoritative book Kurt Schock expertly guides readers through the changing terrain of nonviolent struggle, exploring the historical roots and development of modern civil resistance and its proliferation in recent decades.
Roland Dannreuther: International Security: The Contemporary Agenda, 2nd Edition
"Dannreuther clarifies and advances critical debates even as he provides an unmatched tour d'horizon. This is a timely and extremely useful book."
William C. Wohlforth, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
Tom Kane: Strategy: Key Thinkers
"Strategic thought moves strategic practice. Tom Kane's outstanding book explains the enduring relevance of strategic ideas to our human security condition."
Colin Gray, University of Reading
Paul Hopper: Understanding Development
"An academic book that does not read like one. It introduces a key concept of global affairs to the non-expert reader in a jargon-free and complete fashion."
Cohn: Women and Wars
"An important text for anyone concerned with the tragic consequences of today’s wars. And a reminder that wars are always gendered."
J. Ann Tickner, School of International Relations, University of Southern California
Polity's exciting new 'Global Futures' series explores the key questions set to determine the kind of world we're shaping for generations to come. Written by leading experts across the world, these short books offer pacey and thought-provoking responses to some of biggest contemporary challenges, from conflict in the Middle East to the future of Europe.
China Today is a new series of short, cutting-edge books exploring key aspects of contemporary Chinese society, politics, economics and culture. Written by leading China scholars around the world, these books are perfect introductions for both students and general readers keen to understand China's internal struggles and successes and its rise to prominence as a leading international power.
We live in a world of diminishing resources. In this exciting new series leading international experts explore the geopolitics of key global resources. From oil to water, timber to coltan, these provocative and illuminating books offer big-picture analysis of the complex power struggles at play and their implications for the future of these vital global resources.
Written by world-renowned experts in their field, this exciting series of books asks what's wrong with some of the world's key institutions and policy arenas and offers ways of resolving these problems in the future.
These concise books offer authoritative overviews of conflicts in some of the world’s most notorious political ‘hot spots’. Written for a broad audience of students and general readers, they provide invaluable introductions to key regional and sub-regional conflict zones.
This ground-breaking series provides intellectually rigorous introductions to core topics in War and Conflict Studies.
Polity's new minority politics series provides lively and wide-ranging student introductions to African American, Asian American and Latino participation in US political life.
Key Concepts is a series of concise and accessible textbooks exploring core concepts in the social sciences. The books focus on concepts that are central to each discipline and have a high degree of complexity surrounding them. For more information on individual titles please see the series webpage: www.polity.co.uk/keyconcepts.
This series makes available to a wide audience the ideas of some of the most influential thinkers of our time. Cutting across the boundaries between academic disciplines and between different traditions of thought, the series addresses European as well as Anglo-American thinkers. The books are written in a clear and concise way, making them suitable for students and for the interested general reader.
New and published titles of particular interest to politics students and lecturers are listed below. Please check other subject pages for further titles in this series.