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Policy Press Shorts

Policy Press Shorts are short-form books which deliver original ideas and valuable content in a concise, easily accessible way.

We publish three types of these which can be summarised as follows: 

  • Policy Press Shorts: research - books providing the latest cutting-edge research findings (longer than an article but shorter than a monograph) significantly quicker than the usual monograph route;
  • Policy Press Shorts: insights - inspiring new social commentary and insights on topical issues, so you can join the debate quickly and authoritatively;
  • Policy Press Shorts: policy and practice – work which will have an impact on policy and practice in key areas of society. 

These titles are between 20-50,000 words and take no more than 12 weeks in production. 

See our information for authors if you are interested in submitting a Shorts proposal.

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Adolescent pathways and responsibilities

Evidence from the Young Lives study of Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam

This book compares how adolescents living in poverty in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Vietnam experience puberty, school, marriage, parenthood and work. It examines how poverty, geographical location and social exclusion affect key transitions, and how gender shapes children’s future opportunities.

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Basic income experiments

Theory, practice, and politics

This book offers a detailed review of completed, ongoing and planned basic income experiments in order to examine the value of and complications inherent in conducting such experiments and to provide best-practice guidelines for future social experimentation and policy development.

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Good finance

Why we need a new concept of finance

Presenting a sharp critique of extreme financialization and the economics profession’s continuing blind faith in the efficient market hypothesis this book considers how our current concept of finance can be revised for the good of society.

Bristol Uni Press

Social research with children and young people

A practical guide

This book provides a practical and concise introductory guide to doing research with children and young people, outlining the benefits and challenges along with key ethical, methodological and other considerations. Throughout, there are practical examples, checklists and top tips to aid the reader.

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Prison suicide

What happens afterwards?

Prison suicides reached a record high in 2016 in England and Wales. Provides the first detailed case study of the investigations that follow prison suicides with findings relevant at a global level.

Bristol Uni Press

Making waves behind bars

The Prison Radio Association

Focusing on one of the most interesting developments in UK prisons over the past 10 years, this book examines the early history of the Prison Radio Association and the formation of the first national radio station for prisoners. It shows how a relatively small-scale media activism came to be an intrinsic part of prison culture.

Bristol Uni Press

Borders, mobility and belonging in the era of Brexit and Trump

Using cutting-edge academic work on migration and citizenship to address three themes central to current debates – borders and walls, mobility and travel, and belonging - the authors provide new insights into the politics of migration and citizenship in the UK and the US.

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Comedy and critique

Stand-up comedy and the professional ethos of laughter

Comedy and Critique explores British professional stand-up comedy in the wake of the Alternative Comedy movement of the late twentieth century, seeing it as an extension of the politics of the New Left: standing up for oneself as anti-racist, feminist and open to a queering of self and social institutions.

Bristol Uni Press

Life in the debt trap

Stories of children and families struggling with debt

The first hand stories in this book, collected through The Children's Society's campaign The Debt Trap, offer a unique understanding of life for families and children fighting a daily battle against poverty and debt.

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Squaring the circle on Brexit

Could the Norway model work?

Two preeminent Norwegian scholars of politics and law offer a comprehensive first-hand account of Norway’s relationship with the EU and how this affects the country’s legal and political system, setting out what Britain can learn from Norway’s experience and how transferable these lessons are.

Bristol Uni Press

Fake goods, real money

The counterfeiting business and its financial management

The books examines the financial and business structures of the counterfeiting business and considers how the internet and e-commerce present financial opportunities for counterfeiters. It explores ‘organised crime’ and criminal markets, digital technologies and cultural values and practices.

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Enabling participatory planning

Planning aid and advocacy in neoliberal times

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