Polity is one of the world's leading publishers in globalization, global politics and international relations. We publish many of the key scholars in the field and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge publications. We also have a strong list of textbooks in globalization which are widely adopted at colleges and universities around the world.
Our authors include internationally renowned scholars and analysts in security studies such as David Held, Anthony Giddens, Ulrich Beck, Thomas Weiss, Zygmunt Bauman, Anthony McGrew, Paul Hirst, Grahame Thompson, Mary Kaldor, Nancy Fraser and Robert E. Goodin.
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Axford: Theories of Globalization
"Sweeping, ambitious, and interdisciplinary, this work will be essential reading for students, scholars and anyone concerned with the current state of thinking about our global society."
William Robinson, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jones: Globalization: Key Thinkers
"Andrew Jones has produced an absorbing and detailed analysis of some of the key writers on globalization that provides a timely and critical assessment of the current state of knowledge in this somewhat crowded field."
Diane Perrons, London School of Economics
Robertson: Media and Politics in a Globalizing World
"With great intellectual clarity Alexa Robertson addresses the complex dynamics of media, politics and globalization in a fresh and compelling way. Providing both a coherent overview as well as concrete, comparative examples, she writes in an impressively vivid and engaging style. Destined to become a new landmark in the field!"
Peter Dahlgren, Lund University
Bray & Slaughter: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction
"This book fulfils the need for a comprehensive analysis of global democratic theory. Bray and Slaughter establish exactly why democracy must apply at the global level, and explore the different ways this can happen. Theirs is a masterful treatment of democratic responses to key challenges facing a globalizing world."
John Dryzek, University of Canberra
Martell: The Sociology of Globalization
"Globalization has become a central concept for understanding contemporary social processes and global crises. Martell has written an extremely lucid and comprehensive sociology of globalization that offers a welcome focus on political and economic issues whilst encompassing its cultural dimension. This book enriches our critical understanding of globalization."
Larry Ray, University of Kent
Hale, Held & Young: Gridlock
Ranging over the main areas of global concern, from security to the global economy and the environment, this book examines mechanisms of gridlock and pathways beyond them. It is written in a highly accessible way, making it relevant not only to students of politics and international relations but also to a wider general readership.
Williams, Bradley, Devadason & Erickson: Globalization and Work
"Drawing on examples from around the world, this clear and accessible overview is an invaluable resource for readers hoping to understand, and engage in, a rapidly changing world."
Gay Seidman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Weiss: Global Governance
"Global Governance is the most cogent, compelling, and engaging text yet written on this notoriously slippery and mystifying topic. Weiss knows the subject like few others and his passions and insights make for a page-turner."
Rorden Wilkinson, Professor of International Political Economy and Research Director, Brooks World Poverty Institute, University of Manchester
Centeno and Cohen: Global Capitalism
"Finally, here is a book that makes brilliant sense out of globalization's multiple and often contradictory facets. Read it to understand our past, present, and future economic worlds."
Viviana A. Zelizer, Princeton University
Globalization and the Environment critically explores the actors, politics and processes that govern the relationship between globalization and the environment. The book highlights the relations of power at work that determine whether globalization is managed in a sustainable way and on whose behalf.
"An informed and wise assessment of the crucial role of unions in resisting the forces unleashed by neoliberal capitalism. A sobering yet refreshing antidote, and one that inspires both hope and hard work."
Frances Fox Piven, Graduate Center, City University of New York
"This volume provides an admirable and far-ranging study, which provides real insight into what is happening to creative industries around the world from a variety of perspectives including consumption, policy and markets."
Jeanette Steemers, University of Westminster
Faist, Fauser & Reisenauer:Transnational Migration
"This book addresses key concepts and controversies that have marked the emergence of the transnational migration paradigm. Transnational Migration is a welcome intervention at the current moment. Rhetorics about failed integration are countered with astute analysis of the role of transnational social fields in a precarious world."
Nina Glick Schiller, University of Manchester
Held & McGrew: Global Transformations Reader, 2nd Edition
This completely revised and fully updated second edition brings together the most original contributions from both sides of the globalization debate and from a range of disciplines.
Held, McGrew, Goldblatt & Perraton: Global Transformations
This widely acclaimed book throws new light on the complex processes that are reshaping the contemporary world.
Hirst, Thompson & Bromley: Globalization in Question, 3rd Edition
"The new edition is smart and insightful as ever and up-to-date with its prescient analysis of the complexity of globalization."
Daniel Drache, York University
Held & McGrew:Globalization/Anti-Globalization
"This is a stunningly impressive book – a must-have reference work on the central debates within the globalization literature"
Steve Smith, University of Exeter
"This is a book of deep knowledge and passionate commitment. It is the culmination of a lifetime’s work on the sociology, culture and politics of sexuality, and is suffused with a critical humanism that offers a guide for those who are troubled by our contemporary sexual labyrinth. It is a landmark of sexual scholarship."
Jeffrey Weeks, London South Bank University
So & Chu: The Global Rise of China
"Essential reading for sociologists, political scientists, and sinologists of all ideological persuasions."
Salvatore Babones, Sydney University
Hegde: Mediating Migration
"In this marvellous and insightful book, Radha Hedge unpacks and then reassembles the relationship between globalisation, media and migration."
Nikos Papastergiadis, University of Melbourne
Lees, Shin & López-Morales: Planetary Gentrification
This book argues that gentrification is one of the most significant and socially unjust processes affecting cities worldwide today, and one that demands renewed critical assessment.
Susan George: Shadow Sovereigns
"Driven by a virulent strain of neoliberalism, the global corporate assault on democracy has now reached unprecedented and planet-cooking extremes. Nobody is better qualified than Susan George to document and dissect the inner workings of this process. The result is a book will galvanize those new to the subject while providing veteran opponents with renewed urgency and fresh insights."
Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
"Exposing capitalism's expanding economy of secrecy…Offshoring should be required reading for all undergraduates."
Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
Acharya: The End of American World Order
The age of Western hegemony is over. Whether or not America itself is declining, the post-war liberal world order underpinned by US military, economic and ideological primacy and supported by global institutions serving its power and purpose is coming to an end. But what will take its place? In this timely and provocative book, Amitav Acharya offers an incisive answer to this fundamental question.
"In a world beset by financial crisis, nuclear proliferation and climate change, our capacity for international co-operation and solidarity has rarely seemed so inadequate, or the need for them more urgent. In this book, David Held provides a powerful and persuasive analysis of this paradox of our times, and how cosmopolitan principles offer a way to overcome it."
Andrew Gamble, University of Cambridge
Sloterdijk: In the World Interior of Capital
"In the last few years Sloterdijk has moved from a figure of relative obscurity in Anglophone debates to being one of the key thinkers of our time. This wide-ranging, engaging, thoughtful and provocative book illustrates why."
Stuart Elden, Durham University
"Slater brilliantly brings together a range of ethnographic engagements with theoretical interests in reshaping our understandings of 'media', 'development', and 'globalization'. His analysis speaks powerfully to questions of knowledge production and social justice in emerging contexts of both global inequality and global coalition."
Tom Boellstorff, University of California, Irvine
Fraser & Nash: Transnationalizing the Public Sphere
"Nancy Fraser has long been one of the most original voices in interdisciplinary social and political theory. Here she brings new perspectives to the basic question of whether democracy and public engagement can be effective beyond the the increasingly problematic containers of nation states."
Craig Calhoun, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Volkmer: The Global Public Sphere
"Few concepts have been as central to understanding the interrelationship among individuals, civil society and the state as Habermas’s “public sphere”. And few scholars have addressed the need to rethink this concept in light of globalization and the spread of digital communication with the sophistication demonstrated by Ingrid Volkmer."
Michael X. Delli Carpini, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
Macdonald: The Politics of Global Supply Chains
"Macdonald brings alive the politics of supply chains, using rich case analysis to identify – and question – key production and regulation practices in today's global economy."
Jan Aart Scholte, University of Warwick