Neoliberalism: Key Concepts

Why we wrote the book.

By Damien Cahill and Martijn Konings

There are plenty of books on neoliberalism, so why write another one? Indeed, each of us have written plenty about neoliberalism in the past – so write add to this already massive literature?

The answer is simple – because … Read More

What is the History of Emotions?

By Barbara H. Rosenwein and Riccardo Cristiani

Aren’t emotions the same now as they have always been? Weren’t they hardwired in us from the Stone Age on? The answer to both questions is a simple No. Psychologists, neuropsychologists, historians, and sociologists are increasingly recognizing the mutability of human emotional life. … Read More

Beyond Gridlock in World Politics


Deepening interdependence, due in part to the success of the postwar order, has created structural gridlock in world politics and contributed to an anti-global backlash across the world. Beyond Gridlock shows how we can nonetheless work toward a fairer, safer, greener, and more prosperous world by finding pathways of change Read More

A History of Childhood, 2nd Edition

I welcomed the opportunity to produce a second edition of A History of Childhood for Polity, given that it is now sixteen years since the original first appeared. The new edition retains the aim of writing a wide-ranging introduction to the history of childhood, going back to the early medieval … Read More

The Future of Intelligence

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

Intelligence – meaning collecting needed information, usually by secret methods and then analyzing thiscollection to determine its meaning – is both very well-known and very little understood. In the United States, at least, hardly a day goes by without some mention or discussion of intelligence in the media. So, at … Read More

ICT and ‘Smart’ Conflict Resolutions

In recent years, we have witnessed a rapid growth of “disruptive technologies” which inflicted unprecedented impact on social, economic and political systems. What started with mobile internet and nanotechnology is followed by 3D printing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and other technologies that change human communication in unfamiliar ways. … Read More

Can Governments Earn Our Trust?

Governments everywhere are suffering enormous pressures, but none is more fundamental than the erosion of citizens’ trust in the people they elect. Americans are convinced that the United States lies at the centre of the crisis of trust. And in fact, trust in government to do what is right has … Read More

The Ascendancy of China and India

China and India are becoming increasingly influential, powerful and prominent countries – but what kind of countries do their leaders and people wish them to become?  Will they act and behave like major Western entities or like something altogether different, hence changing the very nature of international affairs?  And as … Read More