Policy Press

The future of work, finance and the economy

The future of work and the availability of sustainable jobs are key global social challenges.

Addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, our list provides in-depth research into topics from the role of trade unions in the 21st century to the impact of AI and machine learning. Key series in this area include Feminist Perspectives on Work and Organization and Organizations and Activism.

We are proud to support Futures of Work, an online space for radical critiques of the changing world of work. Edited by Harry Pitts, Katie Bales and Huw Thomas, Futures of Work is a free-to-access magazine that connects academic and public commentators in order to discuss the pressing issues of our time.

Bristol University Press and Policy Press are signed up to the UN SDG Publishers Compact. In The future of work and the economy, we aim to address the following goals:

SDG Publishers compact logoSDG 8: Decent work and economic growthSDG 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure

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Horizontal Development

Shifting Power and Privilege in Aid

Providing an overview of emerging and evolving forms of development, including technology for development, faith-based aid and South-South humanitarianism, this book explores to what extent they disrupt existing models and how they can lead to more equitable and grassroots-led approaches.

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Platform Politics

Corporate Power, Grassroots Movements and the Sharing Economy

This book charts the rise and fall of the ‘sharing economy’, the controversial lobbying tactics used by the central companies and the backlash seen so far. It offers key policy recommendations and presents state-of-the-art knowledge around the past, present and future of the platform economy.

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Rethinking Financial Behaviour

Rationality and Resistance in the Financialization of Everyday Life

UK and US pension policy expects consistently informed decision-making in finance. Deviating from this is often deemed “irrational”, ignoring uncontrollable factors in individuals’ lives.

Challenging existing policy approaches, this book proposes a fresh perspective on rationality when it comes to financial policy and practices.

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Extinction Equilibrium

Economics for Generational Survival

The past two decades have seen a global financial crisis, increasing levels of inequality, a pandemic and the intensification of the climate emergency. As debate rages about how to ensure a fairer society, this book asks where we want to be in 20 years’ time and how we might get there.

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Moomin Management

Redefining Generosity

Offering rare insights from the Moomin inner circle, this book unveils the Moomin business management journey, from Tove Jansson's creations to a global art-based brand and a growing ecosystem of companies. It unveils the keys to a sustainable business devoted to comforting people and fostering good, inspiring a blueprint for lasting success.

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The Sociology of Contemporary Work

What It Is, and Why We Need It

This book injects a fresh burst of energy into the sociology of work, offering an invigorating perspective that's both vibrant and deeply informed. Bringing the field up to date, leading sociology of work scholar Marek Korczynski offers an enlightening exploration of sociology of work, as well as the evolving world of work itself.

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Austerity Bites 10 Years On

A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

With new commentary, Austerity Bites 10 Years On assesses on the true scale of the damage austerity policies have inflicted on the country’s most vulnerable groups, public institutions and on the wider society, reflecting on where we have been, where we are now and what needs to happen next to undo the damage and avoid the same mistakes again.

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Crises at Work

It is impossible to view the news at present without hearing talk of crisis: the economy, the climate, the pandemic. This book asks how these larger societal issues lead to a crisis with work, making it ever more precarious, unequal and intense. Experts diagnose the nature of the problem and offer a programme for transcending above the crises.

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The Resilient Entrepreneur

Lessons from the London Riots

What makes entrepreneurs more or less resilient to adversity? This illuminating case study brings together resilience, adaptation and crisis management evidence to offer invaluable lessons and interventions for entrepreneurs, managers and other stakeholders.

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Property in Contemporary Capitalism

This timely book contributes to discussions about the nature of property and capital in an era dominated by neoliberalism and resource privatization.

Raising broad questions about the distribution of wealth and wealth inequality, this timely book will set the agenda in modern property theory.

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Labour Law and the Person

An Agenda for Social Justice

This book introduces an innovative approach to social justice for labour law centred on the concept of 'relational autonomy and vulnerability'. Highlighting the need to balance individual needs with societal needs and government involvement, the book sets an inclusive labour law agenda that adapts flawlessly to the ever-evolving labour market.

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Exiting the Factory (Volume 1)

Strikes and Class Formation Beyond the Industrial Sector

Drawing on case studies from Germany, Britain and Spain, this book offers a novel assessment of labour struggles and class formation. Gallas explores key issues around class relations, struggles around waged and unwaged work and labour movements in contemporary capitalism to bring class theory back to labour studies.

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