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Publishing with Purpose

General non-fiction

We publish serious non-fiction social commentary and debate for a wide audience. These high quality books are written by academics, professionals and other experts in an accessible way bringing key issues of social, political and cultural significance to a wide readership. These books have an impact: advancing knowledge, raising awareness and encouraging social change.

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Credit crunch health care

How economics can save our publicly funded health services

The credit crunch continues to threaten publicly-funded health care. In this timely and accessible book, Cam Donaldson considers value for money in the NHS and what can be achieved through reform and priority setting.

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The Future of Development

A Radical Manifesto

This book explains the origins of development and underdevelopment and offers a new vision for development, demystifying the statistics that international organizations use to measure development and introducing the alternative concept of buen vivir: the state of living well.

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Ferraris for All

In Defence of Economic Progress

In Ferraris for all, Daniel Ben-Ami argues that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence and action is needed to increase and spread global prosperity.

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Democracy under Attack

How the Media Distort Policy and Politics

A unique insider's perspective of news production in Britain which gives readers a flavour of what goes on in news rooms, pressure groups, departmental policy divisions and parliament.

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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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Generation Share

The Change-Makers Building the Sharing Economy

Generation Share takes readers on a journey around the globe to meet the people who are changing and saving lives by building a Sharing Economy. Through stunning photography, social commentary and interviews, Generation Share showcases extraordinary stories demonstrating the power of sharing.

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Austerity Bites

A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK

This timely book by award-winning journalist Mary O’Hara chronicles the true impact of austerity on people at the sharp end of the cuts, based on her 12-month journey around the country in 2012 and 2013 and fully updated for the paperback edition

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Shoot to kill

Police accountability, firearms and fatal force

This book provides a fresh, accessible and much-needed overview of a neglected and widely misunderstood area for students, academics, police and criminal justice officials, policy makers, politicians and for members of the public concerned about police use of fatal force.

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Why We Can't Afford the Rich

Why we can’t afford the rich exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others. With an updated Afterword, Andrew Sayer shows how the rich worldwide have increased their ability to hide their wealth, create indebtedness and expand their political influence.

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Back to the Future of Socialism

Anthony Crosland’s The Future of Socialism (1956) provided a creed for governments of the centre left. Now Peter Hain revisits this classic text and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today. It should be read by everyone interested in the future of the left.

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Too Much Stuff

Capitalism in Crisis

We now enjoy the highest living standard in history yet spend more of our income on pointless luxury. Instead, we should tax more in order to invest much more in societal needs, which will in turn reinvigorate the economy and reduce economic inequality and environmental degradation.

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The Crosland legacy

The Future of British Social Democracy

Patrick Diamond considers a wide range of Anthony Crosland’s writings, relating his ideas to ideological debates taking place within today’s Labour Party on egalitarian social democracy, electoral strategy, the European question, and the importance of progressive liberalism on the British centre-left.

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