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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.

A new breed of anti-democrats are on the rise – and they’re not sporting swastika tattoos this time.

You’ll find these 21st-century anti-democrats lounging in professorial chairs, clinking glasses at intellectual soirées and delivering their opinions on the faults of the masses straight into camera on primetime.

Bolstered by recent … Read More

The far right has left the political margins for the political mainstream, blurring the distinction between the two. From Jerusalem to London to Washington, nowhere is immune to it. In the last year far right parties entered parliament in Germany and Spain and government in Estonia. In the US, President … Read More

Calling something a ‘conspiracy theory’ is a way to dismiss it as untrue. The term immediately calls to mind tin foil hats and UFOs. 

But this is unfair—history is full of examples of outlandish conspiracies that turned out to be real. Take the famous Zinoviev Letter. In 1924, four days … Read More

By Andrei P Tsygankov

I am grateful for the opportunity to blog about my new book Russia and America published by Polity Press in September. When the publisher approached me about writing the book, I responded enthusiastically because the topic has interested me for years and because I have not … Read More

The death of the author has been greatly exaggerated. Most authors are clinically dead, but there are still a few alive and kicking. Lee Child – creator of Jack Reacher – being one of them.

I read his books and reviewed them, then thought I should have a chat with … Read More

By M.G. Hayes

Can there be any excuse for yet another ‘guide to Keynes’, 90 years after his own Can Lloyd George Do It? One good excuse is the current UK election debate over Labour’s public investment plans. The arguments of the 1930s are still being rehearsed.

Labour’s manifesto … Read More

By Michel Edwards

Stand first: While cultures of protest are strong, other parts of civil society are getting weaker, with calamitous results.

Town hall meeting on health care reform in West Hartford, Connecticut, September 2 2009. Wikimedia Commons/Sage Ross. GNU Free Documentation License.

Every five years I squirrel … Read More

By Kathleen Lennon & Rachel Alsop

We are living in troubled times for those seeking to promote gender equality. Despite progress in women’s rights, and the recognition of gay marriage and the chance to legally change assigned gender identity in some places, there is alongside a backlash against gained gender … Read More

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama’s farewell speech raised a warning that “for too many of us it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods, or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our … Read More

By Éloi Laurent

On September 18th, 16 years old climate activist Greta Thunberg appeared before the United States House of Representatives. When asked to submit a formal version of her inaugural statement, she replied that she would be giving lawmakers a copy of the IPPC special report on … Read More

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