Policy Press

Political insights and biography

The actions of individuals in particular contexts can inform the wider dicussion of ideology and social justice.

This small but growing collection of biographies offers insights from people who have changed the world.

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Victim-Centred Peacemaking

Colombia’s Santos-FARC Peace Process

This book explores how survivors of political violence in Colombia have asserted themselves and challenged those in power. Drawing on interviews and various academic disciplines, the book proposes a victim-centered approach to transitional justice, valuable for both researchers and practitioners.

Bristol Uni Press
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Uncomfortably Off

Why Addressing Inequality Matters, Even for High Earners

People in the top 10% of earners often drive politics, the public conversation and much of the private sector. This book draws attention to this potentially powerful section of society and explains why it is in their interest that inequality is reduced.

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Troubled Pasts in Europe

Strategies and Recommendations for Overcoming Challenging Historic Legacies

Based on the findings of a major research project, this book investigates how European societies confront their troubled pasts. The text explores what measures can be taken and which strategies endorsed to overcome difficult historic legacies in seven European states, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Cyprus and Poland.

Bristol Uni Press

The Trouble with Jokes

Humour and Offensiveness in Contemporary Culture and Politics

Exploring the relationship between humour and offensiveness, this book delves into offensive jokes, their impact, and the dark side of laughter. It blends cultural analysis, politics, and philosophy to offer an antidote to positive thinking and guide readers through offensive humour.

Bristol Uni Press

Richard Titmuss

A Commitment to Welfare

This is the first full-length biography of Richard Titmuss, a pioneer of social policy research and an influential figure in Britain’s post-war welfare debates.

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Reluctance in World Politics

Why States Fail to Act Decisively

This book develops a concept and a theory of reluctance in world politics. Applying it to regional crisis management by leading powers, it finds that reluctance emerges when governments fail to devise clear foreign policy preferences and face competing international pressures.

Bristol Uni Press

Peak Injustice

Solving Britain’s Inequality Crisis

Peak Injustice follows up the best-selling Peak Inequality (2018), offering a carefully curated selection of Danny Dorling’s latest published writing with brand new content looking to the future, including challenges for a new government in 2024/25. An essential addition to readers’ Dorling collections.

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The Passionate Economist

How Brian Abel-Smith Shaped Global Health and Social Welfare

This is the first biography of Abel-Smith. It takes a historical perspective to analyse the development of health and social welfare systems since the 1950s, exposing the critical impact of long-running debates on poverty and state responsibility, especially in Britain.

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The Macron Régime

The Ideology of the New Right in France

This book examines Emmanuel Macron’s political career from his rise as a public figure to his time as a president. By offering a close study of his actions and ideological commitment, this book argues that, despite claims of being ideologically neutral, Macron actually represents a new form of right-wing politics in France.

Bristol Uni Press

A Leader-Centered Theory of Foreign Policy Change

US Foreign Policy towards Cuba under Obama

This innovative account challenges traditional views in International Relations by theorising the influence of individual leaders on foreign policy change. It examines how and why leaders shape policy, showcasing Obama's Cuba pivot as a prime example.

Bristol Uni Press
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Inter-Organizational Relations and World Order

Re-Pluralizing the Debate

Bringing together a team of experts, this volume sheds new light on inter-organizational relations in world politics. It demonstrates that, just as inter-organizations relations themselves are diverse and complex, research on this topic should also be pluralistic in order to draw new and valuable results and insights.

Bristol Uni Press

Inside Thatcher’s Monetarism Experiment

The Promise, the Failure, the Legacy

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher’s new government pursued a monetarist economic policy in response to double-digit inflation, rising unemployment and flatlining economic growth. Tim Lankester's insider’s account offers fascinating insights into one of Britain's most unsuccessful economic episodes and also examines monetarism's legacy today.

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