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.

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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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Public Health and International Economic Law

Preventing Non-communicable Diseases and Promoting Better Health for All

This book tackles crucial and timely questions regarding the impact of international trade and investment law on state regulatory autonomy in crafting and executing measures to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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COVID-19 Stories from the Swedish Welfare State

The Pandemicracy

Based on field material collected from 2020 to 2022 in Sweden, this book tells a composite story of the everyday work of public sector workers that maintained the welfare infrastructure during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Vulnerabilities in Paid Care Work

Transnational Experiences, Insights and Voices

This book explores the recent experiences of diverse paid care workers in four very different national contexts – Finland, Canada, South Africa and England – to learn from their experiences during COVID-19 and its aftermath.

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Varieties of Impact Investing

Creating and Translating a Label in Local Contexts

Impact investment is the latest trend in ethical finance, but what does it really mean and how is it practiced across different regions and organizations? This book explores the malleability of impact investing, and how it overlaps with the development sphere to give finance a new role.

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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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Marketing Science Fictions

An Ethnography of Marketing Analytics, Consumer Insight and Data Science

This book pulls back the curtain on contemporary data-driven marketing, revealing the intricate ways marketers create value from online data. It offers valuable lessons for academics and students of marketing, technology and data science.

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Enduring Austerity

The Uneven Geographies of the Post-Welfare State

This book reflects on the spatially and socially uneven impacts of austerity and considers its future impacts on individuals, families and areas. In doing so, it offers a new critical analysis of the uneven geographies created by austerity in the post-welfare age.

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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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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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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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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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