Policy Press has its roots in social policy and social justice, and is committed to progressive social change. Over more than twenty years, they have built a reputation for publishing scholarship that focuses on improving individual lives and reaches beyond academia to government, professionals and the wider public to inform policy and practice.

Since its launch in 1996, Policy Press has provided an important route for journalists, politicians and professionals in the UK to make their work visible to the scholarly community and accessible to wider society. It was with great pride that founder and current CEO Alison Shaw and her team accepted the award for the IPG Independent Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year in 2016. Policy Press looks forward to carrying the same values and focus into a new era as an imprint of Bristol University Press, remaining a champion for tackling social issues – in essence, publishing with a purpose.


"Policy Press are dedicated to publishing that counts and serves a wider purpose. They publish on subjects where other publishers don’t go. And their books make a difference."
Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University, author of Injustice

Areas of interest for Policy Press include:

Social Policy
Social Work
Health Policy and Social Care
Education
Poverty

Assortimento di libri

TITLES

A Guide to Great Power Politics in the 21st Century

Genre:

Society

GRAND STRATEGY IN 10 WORDS

Author:

Sven Biscop

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Ten key terms for analysing grand strategy and discovering how the world's great powers shape their strategic decisions today.

Rethinking Digital Living for Our People and the Planet

Genre:

Current Issues

THE FORGOTTEN CITY

Author:

Phil Allmendinger

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A critical approach to the role of 'smart' in future cities and the relationship with city development. Considering how technology can support active citizenship, Allmendinger challenges the commercial drivers of big tech and warns that these, not developments for 'social good', may dominate.

Genre:

History

THE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF COLONIALISM

Author:

Leigh Gardner and Tirthankar Roy

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This pioneering text provides a concise and accessible resource that introduces key readings, builds connections between ideas and helps students to develop informed views of colonialism as a force in shaping the modern world.

The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change

Genre:

Current Issues

TOO HOT TO HANDLE?

Author:

Rebecca Willis

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This book explores a central dilemma of the climate crisis: science demands urgency; politics turns the other cheek. Is it possible to hope for a democratic solution to climate change?

The Case for Sociology

Genre:

Society

IMAGINING SOCIETY

Author:

Daniel Nehring and Dylan Kerrigan

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This is a lively, engaging and accessible overview of sociology for all its students, teachers and people who want to learn more about sociology today. It is a welcome clarion call for sociology’s importance in public life.

Genre:

Society

THE SHORT GUIDE TO SOCIOLOGY

Author:

Mark Doidge and Rima Saini

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An Analytical Guide

Genre:

Economy & Politics

RECONSTRUCTING THE GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Author:

Erik Andersson

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LESSONS FROM LOCKDOWN: Erik Andersson on the global political economy 'A better world requires trust'  in GU Journalen (Swedish)

This textbook examines the challenges facing the world economy as a result of climate change and social and economic inequality, and provides future-oriented solutions to them.

A New Understanding of the Climate Emergency

Genre:

Current Issues

CITIES DEMANDING THE EARTH

Author:

Peter J. Taylor, Geoff O’Brien, Phil O’Keefe

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Poverty-Aware Practice for Social Work

Genre:

Economy & Politics

RADICAL HOPE

Author:

Michal Krumer-Nevo

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In this seminal book, Krumer-Nevo introduces the Poverty-Aware Paradigm, providing a revolutionary new way to think about how social work can address poverty,

An Essential Guide

Genre:

Economy & Politics

HOW TO USE SOCIAL WORK THEORY IN PRACTICE

Author:

Malcom Payne

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In this clear and systematic book covering both general practice concepts and theoretical insights, best-selling author Malcolm Payne shows you how to work with the main theories and practice techniques and pinpoint their strengths and limitations.

Why We Need Balanced Digital Lives

Genre:

Current Issues

SLOW COMPUTING

Author:

Rob Kitchin and Alistair Fraser

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Drawing on the ideas of the ‘slow movement’, Slow Computing sets out numerous practical and political means to take back control and counter the more pernicious effects of living digital lives.

Genre:

Economy & Politics

WHY WE CAN'T AFFORD THE RICH

Author:

Andrew Sayer

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Rights sold: German, Swedish

Winner of the 2015 British Academy Peter Townsend Prize

This important book bursts the myth of the rich as specially talented wealth creators. It shows how the rich are threatening the planet by banking on unsustainable growth.