Don’t Ignore Conspiracy Theories

By Quassim Cassam

How can you not be a conspiracy theorist? It is a fact that people sometimes conspire and history books are full of stories of conspiracies by politicians and others. If you believe these obvious truths, doesn’t that make you a conspiracy theorist? Not exactly. The conspiracy theories … Read More

War and Political Theory


By Brian Orend

I’m happy to blog here about my latest book, War and Political Theory. I was excited to be asked by Polity to be one of the very first titles in their new series: “…and Political Theory.” The possibilities are quite endless, and I get … Read More

International Conflict Management

Across history, violent conflict has been the source of enormous human misery. War not only maims and kills the individuals doing the fighting but brings death and suffering to civilians as well. Beyond the battlefield casualties they produce, both civil wars and wars between states disrupt economies, displace populations, and … Read More

Why Should we Obey the Law?

By George Klosko

Whether we should obey the law is a question that affects everyone’s day-to-day life, from traffic laws to criminal laws to requirements to pay our taxes. Even if most people obey unreflectively or out of habit, the question remains: why we are morally required to do so. … Read More

Is Whistleblowing a Duty?

By Emanuela Ceva and Michele Bocchiola

Whistleblowing has become a largely discussed topic mainly as a consequence of such headline cases as those of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. However, the grounds for its justification within political theory and public ethics remain underexplored. Although it is intuitively clear what a … Read More

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

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 Sociology of Globalization, 2nd Edition

Anti-globalization, global protest and anti-capitalism

The first edition of The Sociology of Globalization (2010) discussed anti-globalization movements since the 1980s. These are against capitalist or neoliberal globalization and for alternatives of human and labour rights, social justice, global equality, and democratic control. They’re anti-war, ecological and concerned about human health. … Read More

Digital, Political, Radical

In our digital age discussions of media activism abound – whether in the guise of Twitter Revolutions referred to in relation to uprisings in the Arab world and North Africa; through the mobilization of mass protests often organized via social media in Spain, Greece, Italy and Portugal against austerity politics; … Read More