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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.

Over the past 50 years, butterfly and moth populations have declined by more than 80 per cent. The population of the majestic Western monarch butterfly, with its beautiful black and orange wings, plummeted by 86% between late 2017 and late 2018 in coastal areas of California. Many butterfly and moth species now face the very … Continue reading "Disappearing Butterflies: a great environmental catastrophe of our time"
‘With the breadth of a biographer, the depth of a philosopher, and the vision of a poet, Elvira Basevich gives us a compelling elucidation of W. E. B. Du Bois’s radical liberalism. This is essential reading for understanding why Du Bois still matters!’–MELVIN ROGERS, BROWN UNIVERSITY ‘It’s rare to read a book that both recovers … Continue reading "Introducing the Black Lives series"
Conspiracy theories thrive on misfortune. As soon as it became clear that Trump was losing the election, a torrent of conspiracy theories flooded the media claiming that vote-counting machines were rigged to favour Biden and that Trump was the victim of a conspiracy by big media, big tech and big pharma to deprive him of … Continue reading "Elections in a pandemic: Conspiracy theories have a field day"
By Ruth Lister The coronavirus pandemic has exposed and aggravated the economic insecurity experienced by a growing number of members of society.  This may encourage greater understanding of the acute insecurity typically experienced by people living in poverty.  On reflection, I realised that the question of insecurity was a serious omission from the first edition … Continue reading "Poverty, 2nd Edition"
If you're looking for last-minute gift ideas or something to read in the lull between Christmas and New Year, we've got you covered.
By Frederick Harry Pitts Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney’s BBC Radio 4 Reith Lectures have restimulated interest in the topic of ‘value’. For Carney, the first decades of a century of crisis have been characterised by a continuing commitment to abstract ‘subjective’ theories of value. These subjective approaches see value as relative, not … Continue reading "A revaluation of value? The politics of value between populism and pandemic"
“Careful historical research…this new book is a vital corrective to the conservative claim that immigrants ‘take jobs’ from American workers.”–Hon. Pramila Jayapal, U.S. House of Representatives In her timely and provocative new book Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat, sociologist Ruth Milkman argues that mass immigration is the effect, rather than the cause, of America’s … Continue reading "Q&A with Ruth Milkman, on her recent book Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat"
By Hannah Cross By spring 2020, the coronavirus pandemic had led to the sudden recognition that a diverse body of precarious and underpaid workers on the ‘frontline’ is essential. Nearly three-quarters of undocumented immigrant workers in the US, an estimated five million people, are doing jobs ‘essential to the nation’s critical infrastructure’. In the EU, … Continue reading "Imagining a Socialist Approach to Migration"
By Ariel I. Ahram The Biden administration confronts a Middle East where chaos reigns, both in  popular imagination and in policy discussions. President Trump repeatedly described the Middle East as suffering “absolute chaos.” The UAE Foreign Minister opined that “perpetual resistance and sectarian extremism have delivered a deadly and decades long pandemic of chaos and strife. In … Continue reading "Biden Must Navigate Between Complexity and Chaos in the Middle East"
By Anna Coote and Aidan Harper Shorter working time should be at the heart of post-pandemic recovery. That’s the message of The Case for a Four Day Week, published by Polity Press this autumn.  It sets out why reduced working time is good for human wellbeing, for the natural environment and for building a prosperous … Continue reading "The Case for a Four Day Week"
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