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Politics Catalogue 2015
Politics Catalogue 2016

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About Polity Politics

Polity is one of the world's leading publishers in politics, political theory and international relations. We publish many of the key scholars in these fields and our list has earned a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge publications. We also have a strong list of textbooks in politics which are widely adopted at colleges and universities around the world.

Our authors include internationally renowned political theorists and political scientists such as Alain Badiou, Brian Barry, Zygmunt Bauman, Ulrich Beck, David Beetham, Seyla Benhabib, Norberto Bobbio, Ken Booth, Judith Butler, Barry Buzan, Alex Callinicos, Manuel Castells, Raewyn Connell, Mark Duffield, Richard Falk, Nancy Fraser, Andrew Gamble, Anthony Giddens, David Theo Goldberg, John Gray, Jürgen Habermas, Colin Hay, David Held, Axel Honneth, G. John Ikenberry, Bob Jessop, Mary Kaldor, John Keane, Andrew Linklater, Charles Mills, David Miller, Tariq Modood, Antonio Negri, Joseph S. Nye Jr, Claus Offe, Carole Pateman, Anne Phillips, Thomas Pogge, Carl Schmitt, David Shambaugh, Michael J. Shapiro, Quentin Skinner, Peter Sloterdijk, Tzvetan Todorov, Alex de Waal, Thomas G. Weiss and Slavoj Žižek.

We also publish books by leading political figures and commentators such as Tim Bale, Daniel Cohen, Stephen Farrell, Jonathan Fenby, Jeremy Rifkin and Susan George, which make a significant contribution to current political debate.

Visit our highlights page for more information on our new and forthcoming general interest titles.

Major Titles

Book CoverSamer N. Abboud: Syria

"This book brings together the phases and dimensions of the Syrian conflict in a uniquely convincing and comprehensive way. This is prefaced by a useful overview of the historical context of the Uprising. The book’s sections on the militarisation of the conflict are especially valuable."

Raymond Hinnebusch, University of St Andrews

Book CoverFerdi De Ville and Gabriel Siles-Brugge: TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

"This essential study should be read by anyone who cares about democracy and the sovereignty of parliaments. If you care, you should understand, and there is no better means of understanding than reading this book."

George Monbiot

Book CoverEmmanuel Todd: Who is Charlie?: Xenophobia and the New Middle Class

"The book offers a deeply reflective analysis of the Charlie Hebdo affair in Paris, and uses it brilliantly to explore and criticise the inner tensions and selective historical amnesia of French society that are taken to be responsible for its current Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. It shows with great insight and wisdom how to deal with these disturbing trends."

Bhikhu Parekh, House of Lords

Book CoverJoseph S. Nye, Jr: Is the American Century Over?

"A pioneer in the theory of soft power and the dean of American political scientists, Nye knows geopolitics. In his new book, Is the American Century Over?, Nye makes a strong case that American geopolitical superiority, far from being eclipsed, is still firmly in place and set to endure. And the biggest threat isn t China or India or Russia it's America itself."


Book CoverDavid Shambaugh: China's Future

"David Shambaugh lays out some bold speculations about possible futures for China that will make even seasoned China hands rethink their assumptions. It is critical reading from one of our most astute observers of that country."

Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University

Book CoverSusan George: Shadow Sovereigns: How Global Corporations are Seizing Power

"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

Book CoverOliver Ramsbotham , Tom Woodhouse and Hugh Miall: Contemporary Conflict Resolution, 4th Edition

"Contemporary Conflict Resolution, now updated with current research and new approaches to deeply difficult protracted conflicts, remains the most comprehensive, well-conceputalized and useful introductory text to the wider fields of peace and conflict studies. I highly recommend this book to students, professors, policymakers and practitioners, it is an invaluable resource."

John Paul Lederach, Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

Book CoverHugh Miall , Tom Woodhouse , Oliver Ramsbotham and Christopher Mitchell: The Contemporary Conflict Resolution Reader

"This book is an absolute must-have resource for anyone interested in the birth and history of conflict resolution as a field of study, as well as a lexicon of fundamental documents that are currently shaping thinking and practice in the peacebuilding field. It is a unique and inspiring testimony to many of the challenges the field has faced, as well as demonstrating the strategic import of todays scholars and practitioners about how better to address the resolution of conflicts around the world today."

Mari Fitzduff, Brandeis University

Book CoverTeresa Wright: Party and State in Post-Mao China

"Much more than a textbook, this study is a sustained treatment of governance and political stability in China. In it, Teresa Wright provocatively suggests that the current regime, despite the many challenges it faces, may last longer than we think, not least because it has already carried out reforms that make it more "democratic," or at least accountable to the populace in ways that do not require free and fair elections."

Kevin J. O'Brien, University of California, Berkeley

Book CoverSimon Tormey: The End of Representative Politics

"Spirited and clearly written, Tormey's searching interrogation of political representation as we've come to know it is sharp, provocative and compelling. Drawing widely on history, theory and contemporary developments, it will bring a new vibrancy to current debates on democracy's potential futures."

Michael Saward, University of Warwick

Book CoverRobert Legvold: Return to Cold War

"Robert Legvold, one of the world’s leading authorities on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, paints a sombre picture of the dangerous state of US–Russian relations, but he also has constructive ideas on the way out of the current impasse which policymakers would do well to heed."

Archie Brown, author of The Rise and Fall of Communism

Book CoverAmin Saikal: Iran at the Crossroads

"Amin Saikal s lucid and learned interpretation of contemporary Iran is truly indispensable for anyone interested in the country and region. Quite remarkably, the book provides balanced, illuminating, and persuasive assessments of the complex and controversial internal, regional, and international challenges confronting the Iranian leadership."

Richard A. Falk, Princeton University

Book CoverAlex de Waal: The Real Politics of the Horn of Africa: Money, War and the Business of Power

"The foremost Western analyst of the Horn of Africa, Alex de Waal provides a superb account of the region's highly interdependent and often troubling politics. He combines an anthropologist's attention to local contexts with a political economist's analysis of transnational entanglements of markets, power struggles, and war. Often disturbing, even though de Waal seeks reasons to be hopeful, but a must read."

Craig Calhoun, London School of Economics and Political Science

Book CoverJiyou Ji: China's Military Transformation

"This wonderfully accessible and expertly argued introduction to the world’s second strongest military is set to become the benchmark resource for all those interested in the past, present, and future of China’s military strategy and capabilities."

Allen Carlson, Cornell University

Book CoverPatricia Hill-Collins and Sirma Bilge: Intersectionality

"Comprehensive and highly accessible, Intersectionality is set to become the go-to book for students, activists, policy makers, and teachers looking for an analytic tool to help identify and challenge social inequalities and achieve social justice."

Nancy Naples, University of Connecticut

Book CoverMartin Shaw: What is Genocide?, 2nd Edition

"In this second edition of his wonderful book, Shaw shows that definitions matter in explaining genocide. Incorporating recent work he gives a highly-intelligent view of genocide, broadly defined as in Raphael Lemkin?s original coining of the term. If you want to read a general work on genocide and ethnic cleansing, this should be your first choice."

Michael Mann, University of California, Los Angeles

Book CoverStephanie Lawson: Theories of International Relations: Contending Approaches to World Politics

"Stephanie Lawson has made the twists and turns of IR theory readily accessible to student and teacher alike. Decidedly, this will be the 'go-to' book for the next decade."

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg

Book CoverCraig Allen Smith: Presidential Campaign Communication, 2nd Edition

"The second edition of Presidential Campaign Communication offers a complete rearrangement and updating of content. As the next election approaches, it is definitely a book I would use in any course focused on the US presidency. Students loved the first edition. They will like this one even more."

Martin Medhurst, Baylor University

Book CoverAndrew Gamble: Can the Welfare State Survive?

"With his usual clarity and insight, Andrew Gamble makes a compelling case not just for the survival of the welfare state but for its necessity as a cornerstone of established and emerging democracies across the world. Elegantly written and admirably succinct, this book is a must-read for anyone concerned about the future of welfare provision in an era of austerity."

Polly Toynbee

Book CoverBob Jessop: The State: Past, Present, Future

"A crowning achievement - Bob Jessop at his accessible best. An extraordinarily rich and important work in which the author combines his characteristic precision, range and analytical flair with that, oh so important, final ingredient - sheer accessibilty. A genuine tour do force and surely the point of departure for all subsequent scholarship on the state."

Colin Hay, Sciences Po, Paris

Book CoverDaniel Bray and Steven Slaughter: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction

"Global Democracy Theory answers an important need for a compact, wide-ranging, systematic, probing and accessibly written review of arguments about refashioning 'people's power' in contemporary politics. The book provides an excellent learning resource on global governance and global ethics."

Jan Scholte, University of Gothenburg and University of Warwick

Book CoverLisa Garcia Bedolla: Latino Politics, 2nd Edition

"Lisa García Bedolla's award-winning Latino Politics is quickly becoming a classic in its field. Rigorous yet accessible, this is a must-have book for scholars of Latino politics."

Cristina Beltrán, author of The Trouble With Unity

Book CoverKurt Schock: Civil Resistance Today

Civil Resistance Today provides the most comprehensive overview available of the issues and approaches in the burgeoning field of strategic nonviolent action. Ideal for classroom use and for anyone who wants to better understand the history and dynamics of this growing phenomenon of popular mass mobilizations for social justice and political freedom.

Stephen Zunes, University of San Francisco

Politics Book Series

Global Futures

Polity's exciting new 'Global Futures' series explores the key questions set to determine the kind of world we're shaping for generations to come. Written by leading experts across the world, these short books offer pacey and thought-provoking responses to some of biggest contemporary challenges, from conflict in the Middle East to the future of Europe.

China Today

China Today is a new series of short, cutting-edge books exploring key aspects of contemporary Chinese society, politics, economics and culture. Written by leading China scholars around the world, these books are perfect introductions for both students and general readers keen to understand China's internal struggles and successes and its rise to prominence as a leading international power.


We live in a world of diminishing resources. In this exciting new series leading international experts explore the geopolitics of key global resources. From oil to water, timber to coltan, these provocative and illuminating books offer big-picture analysis of the complex power struggles at play and their implications for the future of these vital global resources.

What's Wrong?

Written by world-renowned experts in their field, this exciting series of books asks what's wrong with some of the world's key institutions and policy arenas and offers ways of resolving these problems in the future.

Hot Spots in Global Politics

These concise books offer authoritative overviews of conflicts in some of the world’s most notorious political ‘hot spots’. Written for a broad audience of students and general readers, they provide invaluable introductions to key regional and sub-regional conflict zones.

War and Conflict in the Modern World

This ground-breaking series provides intellectually rigorous introductions to core topics in War and Conflict Studies.

US Minority Politics

Polity's new minority politics series provides lively and wide-ranging student introductions to African American, Asian American and Latino participation in US political life.

Key Concepts

Key Concepts is a series of concise and accessible textbooks exploring core concepts in the social sciences. The books focus on concepts that are central to each discipline and have a high degree of complexity surrounding them. For more information on individual titles please see the series webpage: www.polity.co.uk/keyconcepts.

Key Contemporary Thinkers

This series makes available to a wide audience the ideas of some of the most influential thinkers of our time. Cutting across the boundaries between academic disciplines and between different traditions of thought, the series addresses European as well as Anglo-American thinkers. The books are written in a clear and concise way, making them suitable for students and for the interested general reader.

New and published titles of particular interest to politics students and lecturers are listed below. Please check other subject pages for further titles in this series.