The 100 Greatest British Politics Books


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The 100 Greatest British Politics Books contains a mixture of books on Britain and by Brits from the past and present.

Related lists: The 100 Best British History Books; The Top 100 Political Science Books.

1. On Liberty

By John Stuart Mill | Used Price: 90% Off

John Stuart Mill is one of the few indisputably classic authors in the history of political thought. On Liberty, first published in 1851, has become celebrated as the most powerful defense of the freedom of the individual and it is now widely regarded as the most ... More »

On Liberty
In Praise of Idleness

2. In Praise of Idleness

By Bertrand Russell | Used Price: 60% Off

Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of In Praise of Idleness, a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening ... More »

3. The Rule of Law

By Tom Bingham | Used Price: 60% Off

"The Rule of Law" is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of? In this brilliant short ... More »

The Rule of Law
Second Treatise of Government

4. Second Treatise of Government

By John Locke; C. B. Macpherson | Price: $0.01

The Second Treatise is one of the most important political treatises ever written and one of the most far-reaching in its influence.In his provocative 15-page introduction to this edition, the late eminent political theorist C. B. Macpherson examines Locke's arguments for limited, conditional government, private property, and right ... More »

5. The English Constitution

By Walter Bagehot; Miles Taylor

Walter Bagehot's The English Constitution (1867) is the best account of the history and workings of the British political system ever written. As arguments raged in mid-Victorian Britain about giving the working man the vote, and democracies overseas were pitched into despotism and civil war, Bagehot took ... More »

The English Constitution
Orwell and Politics

6. Orwell and Politics

By George Orwell; Peter Davison | 70% Off

Orwell's classic satire ANIMAL FARM continues to be an international best seller. For the first time ever, ORWELL AND POLITICS brings this major work together with the author's other works exploring the nature of politics and the Second World War. More »

7. The Concept of Law

By H. L. A. Hart; Leslie Green

Fifty years on from its original publication, Hla Hart's The Concept of Law is widely recognized as the most important work of legal philosophy published in the twentieth century. It is a classic book in the field of legal scholarship and remains the starting point for most students ... More »

The Concept of Law
Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000

8. Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-2000

By Peter Clarke | Used Price: 80% Off

Peter Clarke brilliantly challenges the commonly held view of Britain in the twentieth century as a nation in decline. Adopting a wide perspective, he examines the political, social and economic changes that transformed Britain. He looks at how jobs and prices, food and shelter, and education and welfare, ... More »

9. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

By Mary Wollstonecraft | Used Price: 70% Off

This volume brings together the major political writings of Mary Wollstonecraft in the order in which they appeared in the revolutionary 1790s. It traces her passionate and indignant response to the excitement of the early days of the French Revolution and then her uneasiness at its later bloody ... More »

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Casino Capitalism

10. Casino Capitalism

By Susan Strange | Used Price: 50% Off

Casino Capitalism has finally and deservedly found its way back into print. Susan Strange's critical commentary on the weaknesses of the international financial system as they developed in the 1970s and early 1980s is as timely today as when it first appeared in 1986. The re-issue will be ... More »

11. Why We Hate Politics

By Colin Hay

Politics was once a term with an array of broadly positive connotations, associated with public scrutiny, deliberation and accountability. Yet today it is an increasingly dirty word, typically synonymous with duplicity, corruption, inefficiency and undue interference in matters both public and private. How has this come to pass? ... More »

Why We Hate Politics
Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations

12. Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations

By E. H. Carr | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

E. H. Carr's classic work on international relations published in 1939 was immediately recognized by friend and foe alike as a defining work. The author was one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals of the 20th century. The issues and themes he developed continue to have relevance ... More »

13. Who Governs Britain?

By Anthony King

The British system has been radically transformed in recent decades, far more than most of us realise. As acclaimed political scientist and bestselling author Anthony King shows, this transformation lies at the heart of British politics today. Imagining - or pretending - that the British political system and ... More »

Who Governs Britain?
Spectrum: From Right to Left in the World of Ideas

14. Spectrum: From Right to Left in the World of Ideas

By Perry Anderson | Used Price: 80% Off

The focus of Spectrum is the range of contemporary ideas that runs from conservative to liberal to radical conceptions of state and society, rarely considered in the same optic. It looks at the theories of major minds of the twentieth-century Right, including Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss and Friedrich ... More »

15. Hobbes and Republican Liberty

By Quentin Skinner

Quentin Skinner is one of the foremost historians in the world, and in Hobbes and Republican Liberty he offers a dazzling comparison of two rival theories about the nature of human liberty. The first originated in classical antiquity, and lay at the heart of the Roman republican tradition ... More »

Hobbes and Republican Liberty
The Politics of Good Intentions: History, Fear and Hypocrisy in the New World Order

16. The Politics of Good Intentions: History, Fear and Hypocrisy in the New World Order

By David Runciman | Used Price: 80% Off

Tony Blair has often said that he wishes history to judge the great political controversies of the early twenty-first century--above all, the actions he has undertaken in alliance with George W. Bush. This book is the first attempt to fulfill that wish, using the ... More »

17. Just Law

By Helena Kennedy | Used Price: 80% Off

Acute, questioning, humane and passionately concerned for justice, Helena Kennedy is one of the most powerful voices in legal circles in Britain today. Here she roundly challenges the record of modern governments over the fundamental values of equality, fairness and respect for human dignity. She argues that in ... More »

Just Law
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

18. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

By Richard G. Wilkinson; Kate Pickett | 60% Off

It is a well-established fact that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level, based on thirty years of research, takes this truth a step further. One common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree ... More »

19. Why Politics Matters: Making Democracy Work

By Gerry Stoker | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Achieving mass democracy was the great triumph of the twentieth century. Learning to live with it will be the greatest achievement of the twenty-first century. A rising tide of discontent is posing a major crisis for systems of mass democracy: the evidence is clear to see in reduced ... More »

Why Politics Matters: Making Democracy Work
The Cunning Of Unreason: Making Sense of Politics

20. The Cunning Of Unreason: Making Sense of Politics

By John Dunn | Under $1.00

John Dunn is the founding father of the Cambridge school, which introduced an approach to political theory that emphasizes the importance of historical context in the formation and interpretation of arguments and ideas. The Cunning of Unreason makes a powerful case for the application of the Cambridge school ... More »

21. NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed - and How We Can Save It

By Raymond Tallis; Jacky Davis

The Coalition Government passed into law an unprecedented assault on the NHS. Doctors, unions, the media, even politicians who claimed to be stalwart defenders failed to protect it. Now the effect of those devastating reforms are beginning to be felt by patients - but we can still save ... More »

NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed - and How We Can Save It
The Triumph of the Political Class

22. The Triumph of the Political Class

By Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne's new book reveals in devastating fashion just how far we have left behind us the idea of people going into politics for that quaint reason, to serve the public. Notions of the greater good and "putting something back" now seem absurdly idealistic, such is the pervasiveness ... More »

23. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

By Mark Blyth | Used Price: 50% Off

Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the financial crisis. We ... More »

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea
The British Way in Warfare 1688 - 2000

24. The British Way in Warfare 1688 - 2000

By David French

First published in 1990, this title examines British defence policy from 1688 onwards; the year in which Britain was successfully invaded for the final time, and which marked a generation of warfare that lasted until 1714, during which Britain came to be known as a major European power. ... More »

25. The Making of the English Working Class

By E. P. Thompson | Used Price: 60% Off

"Thompson's book has been called controversial, but perhaps only because so many have forgotten how explosive England was during the Regency and the early reign of Victoria. Without any reservation, The Making of the English Working Class is the most important study of those days since the classic ... More »

The Making of the English Working Class
Power Politics

26. Power Politics

By Martin Wight | Used Price: 60% Off

This account of state-systems, which derives not from theoretical models but from the study of state-systems that have actually existed, emphasizes their moral or normative bases. It argues that a system of states presupposes a common culture. The essays deal with the concept of systems of states: the ... More »

27. The New Politics of British Trade Unionism: Union Power and the Thatcher Legacy

By David Marsh

The curbing of trade union power is often seen as one of the major achievements of Margaret Thatcher's premiership. David Marsh's book provides a broad-ranging introduction to British trade unionism in the 1990s and an assessment of the last decade's major changes in legislation, policing and attitudes. He ... More »

The New Politics of British Trade Unionism: Union Power and the Thatcher Legacy
The Mass Media and Power in Modern Britain

28. The Mass Media and Power in Modern Britain

By John Eldridge; Jenny Kitzinger; Kevin Williams

The Mass Media and Power in Britain is a thorough, lievely introduction to the role, importance, and power of the mass media in contemporary British society. What is the mass media, and how does it help shape life in modern Britain? After introducing the student to discussions around ... More »

29. Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

By Nicholas Shaxson | Used Price: 60% Off

A thrilling ride inside the world of tax havens and corporate mastermindsWhile the United States experiences recession and economic stagnation and European countries face bankruptcy, experts struggle to make sense of the crisis. Nicholas Shaxson, a former correspondent for the Financial Times and The Economist, argues that tax ... More »

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
How Corrupt is Britain?

30. How Corrupt is Britain?

By David Whyte

Banks accused of rate-fixing. Members of Parliament cooking the books. Major defense contractors investigated over suspect arms deals. Police accused of being paid off by tabloids. The headlines are unrelenting these days. Perhaps it’s high time we ask: just exactly how corrupt is Britain? David Whyte brings ... More »

31. Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society

By Nicholas Wheeler | Used Price: 80% Off

The extent to which humanitarian intervention has become a legitimate practice in post-cold war international society is the subject of this book. It maps the changing legitimacy of humanitarian intervention by comparing the international response to cases of humanitarian intervention in the cold war and post-cold war periods. ... More »

Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society
An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict

32. An Intimate War: An Oral History of the Helmand Conflict

By Mike Martin | Used Price: 80% Off

An Intimate War tells the story of the last thirty-four years of conflict in Helmand Province, Afghani- stan as seen through the eyes of the Helmandis. In the West, this period is often defined through different lenses - the Soviet intervention, the civil war, the Taliban, and the ... More »

33. The Verdict of Peace

By Correlli Barnett | Used Price: 90% Off

"The Verdict of Peace" evokes the dying embers of Britain's 20th-century influence. Between the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950 and the Suez debacle of 1956, Great Britain squandered every opportunity to re-invent herself as an industrial nation. While Japan and Germany progressed and evolved, Britain stagnated. ... More »

The Verdict of Peace
Hutton and Butler: Lifting the Lid on the Workings of Power

34. Hutton and Butler: Lifting the Lid on the Workings of Power

By W. G. Runciman | Under $1.00

These essays offer penetrating insights into the events and controversies that have dominated the news agenda for the last two years. The Hutton and Butler reports lifted the lid on the most intimate working of those who strive to convert information into a weapon - whether they be ... More »

35. Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition

By Alastair McIntosh | Used Price: 80% Off

Climate change is the greatest challenge that the world has ever faced. In this groundbreaking new book, Alastair McIntosh summarises the science of what is happening to the planet - both globally and using Scotland as a local case study. He moves on, controversially, to suggest that politics ... More »

Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition
Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses

36. Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses

By Mark Curtis | Used Price: 50% Off

Britain is complicit in the deaths of ten million people. These are Unpeople - those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of Britain's economic and political goals. In Unpeople, Mark Curtis shows that the Blair government is deepening its support for many states promoting terrorism ... More »

37. The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain Since 1950

By Avner Offer | Used Price: 60% Off

Since the 1940s Americans and Britons have come to enjoy an era of rising material abundance. Yet this has been accompanied by a range of social and personal disorders, including family breakdown, addiction, mental instability, crime, obesity, inequality, economic insecurity, and declining trust. Avner Offer argues that well-being ... More »

The Challenge of Affluence: Self-Control and Well-Being in the United States and Britain Since 1950
The Pluralist Theory of the State: Selected Writings of G.D.H. Cole, J.N. Figgis and H.J. Laski

38. The Pluralist Theory of the State: Selected Writings of G.D.H. Cole, J.N. Figgis and H.J. Laski

By Paul Hirst; G. D. H. Cole; H.J. Laski

English political pluralism is a challenging school of political thought, neglected in recent years but now enjoying a revival of interest. It is particularly relevant today because it offers a critique of centralized sovereign state power. The leading theorists of the pluralist state were G.D.H. Cole, J.N. Figgis ... More »

39. Rethinking Green Politics: Nature, Virtue and Progress

By John Barry | Used Price: 70% Off

Winner of the PSA Mackenzie Prize for best politics book of 1999. Rethinking Green Politics offers a wide-ranging overview and critical analysis of the theoretical framework that underpins the values, principles and concerns of contemporary green politics and the appropriate institutional means for realizing green ends. More »

Rethinking Green Politics: Nature, Virtue and Progress
Rights of Man

40. Rights of Man

By Thomas Paine | Used Price: 60% Off

Thomas Paine was the first international revolutionary. His Common Sense (1776) was the most widely read pamphlet of the American Revolution--and his Rights of Man (1791-2), the most famous defense of the French Revolution, sent out a clarion call for revolution throughout the world. Paine paid the price ... More »

41. Power without Responsibility: Press, Broadcasting and the Internet in Britain

By James Curran; Jean Seaton | 60% Off

Power Without Responsibility is a classic introduction to the history, sociology, theory and politics of the media in Britain. Hailed by the Times Higher as the 'seminal media text', and translated into Arabic, Chinese and other foreign languages, it is an essential guide for media students and critical ... More »

Power without Responsibility: Press, Broadcasting and the Internet in Britain
Comparing Welfare States: Britain in International Context

42. Comparing Welfare States: Britain in International Context

By John Clarke; Sharon Gewirtz | Under $1.00

This accessible, broad-ranging textbook provides a critical introduction to British and comparative social policy. Drawing on the comparative analysis of welfare regimes, the book show how the welfare systems of individual countries can only be understood thorugh exploring the wider global context. The chapters highlight the richness, complexity ... More »

43. Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch

By Nick Davies | Used Price: 70% Off

At first, it seemed like a small story. The royal editor of the News of the World was caught listening to the voicemail messages of staff at Buckingham Palace. He and a private investigator were jailed, and the case was closed. But Nick Davies, special correspondent for The ... More »

Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch
Citizenship and Social Class

44. Citizenship and Social Class

By T. H. Marshall; Tom Bottomore | 80% Off

Over forty years after it first appeared, T.H. Marshall's seminal essay on citizenship and social class in postwar Britain has acquired the status of a classic. His lucid analysis of the principal elements of citizenship -- namely, the possession of civil, political and social rights -- is as ... More »

45. There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation

By Paul Gilroy

This classic book is a powerful indictment of contemporary attitudes to race. By accusing British intellectuals and politicians on both sides of the political divide of refusing to take race seriously, Paul Gilroy caused immediate uproar when this book was first published in 1987. A brilliant and explosive ... More »

There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation
Democracy and Human Rights

46. Democracy and Human Rights

By David Beetham | Used Price: 90% Off

What is democracy? How do we know when we have it? Is liberal democracy merely one, or the only, version of democracy. More »

47. After Neoliberalism?: The Kilburn Manifesto

By Stuart Hall; Doreen Massey; Michael Rustin

This book brings together in one volume contributions made to the public debate that has developed around the Kilburn Manifesto, a Soundings project that seeks to map the political, economic, social and cultural contours of neoliberalism. The manifesto opens with a framing statement and each chapter then analyses ... More »

After Neoliberalism?: The Kilburn Manifesto
Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty

48. Breadline Britain: The Rise of Mass Poverty

By Stewart Lansley; Joanna Mack | 50% Off

Poverty in Britain is at post-war highs and - even with economic growth - is set to increase yet further. Food bank queues are growing, levels of severe deprivation have been rising, and increasing numbers of children are left with their most basic needs unmet.Based on exclusive ... More »

49. Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else

By James Meek

“The essential public good that Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair and now Cameron sell is not power stations, or trains, or hospitals. It’s the public itself. it’s us.” In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy – rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal ... More »

Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else
An Introduction to the English School of International Relations

50. An Introduction to the English School of International Relations

By Barry Buzan

This outstanding book is the first comprehensive introduction to the English School of International Relations. Written by leading ES scholar Barry Buzan, it expertly guides readers through the English School’s formative ideas, intellectual and historical roots, current controversies and future avenues of development. Part ... More »

51. Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970

By David Edgerton

This impressively researched and controversial book presents an alternative account of the development of one of the greatest states of the twentieth-century. It represents the culmination of David Edgerton's long-standing research on the relationship between science, technology, the military and the British state. Edgerton seeks to put the ... More »

Warfare State: Britain, 1920-1970
Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights

52. Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights

By Will Kymlicka | Under $1.00

The increasingly multicultural fabric of modern societies has given rise to many new issues and conflicts, as ethnic and national minorities demand recognition and support for their cultural identity. This book presents a new conception of the rights and status of minority cultures. It argues that certain "collective ... More »

53. Freedom, the Individual and the Law

By Geoffrey Robertson | Under $1.00

Individual freedom is coming under more complicated and sophisticated threats, which only the law can combat. This book analyzes human-rights issues of the moment, such as media invasions of privacy, miscarriages of justice, the Runciman Royal Commission, euthanasia, Iraqgate at the Old Bailey, police and social-work malpractice, the ... More »

Freedom, the Individual and the Law
The Acquisitive Society

54. The Acquisitive Society

By R. H. Tawney

The Acquisitive Society was written by R. H. Tawney and published in 1920. Tawney herein criticizes the selfish individualism of modern industrial societies. He argues that capitalism corrupts via the promotion of economic self-interest, leading to aimless production in response to greed and insatiable acquisitiveness, and hence to ... More »

55. Education and the Social Order: British Eduction Since 1944

By Brian Simon

An examination of the changes and developments in the British education system from World War II to 1999. The text includes coverage of R.A. Butler's 1944 Education Act, the battle between the educational conservatives and the progressives in the 1960s and Kenneth Baker's 1988 Education Act. More »

Education and the Social Order: British Eduction Since 1944
The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy

56. The Enchanted Glass: Britain and Its Monarchy

By Tom Nairn | Used Price: 80% Off

In this acclaimed study of British statehood, identity and culture, Tom Nairn deftly dispels the conviction that the Royal Family is nothing more than an amusing relic of feudalism or a mere tourist attraction. Instead, he argues that the monarchy is both apex and essence of the British ... More »

57. How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism

By Eric Hobsbawm | Used Price: 50% Off

In the 144 years since Karl Marx's Das Kapital was published, the doctrine that bears his name has been embraced by millions in the name of equality, and just as dramatically has fallen from grace with the retreat of communism from the western world. But as the free ... More »

How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism
The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

58. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

By Guy Standing | Used Price: 50% Off

Neo-liberal policies and institutional changes have produced a huge and growing number of people with sufficiently common experiences to be called an emerging class. In this book Guy Standing introduces what he calls the Precariat - a growing number of people across the world living and working precariously, ... More »

59. Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty

By Isaiah Berlin | Used Price: 60% Off

Liberty is a revised and expanded edition of the book that Isaiah Berlin regarded as his most important-Four Essays on Liberty, a standard text of liberalism, constantly in demand and constantly discussed since it was first published in 1969. Writing in Harper's, Irving Howe described it as "an ... More »

Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty
News from Nowhere

60. News from Nowhere

By William Morris | Used Price: 80% Off

This volume illustrates the variety of William Morris's prose, while focusing on one theme: the earthly paradise. The "Nowhere" of News from Nowhere (1890) is England in 2102, an ideal pastoral society born out of revolution. It is as compelling a dream of the future as the nightmares ... More »

61. Family and Kinship in East London

By Michael Young; Peter Willmott

Although housing in Bethnal Green was often appalling, a complex network of relatives - families of three generations held together by the powerful mother-daughter bond at the centre - was always available to provide mutual aid and a sense of community. It was when families were rehoused ... More »

Family and Kinship in East London
British Politics

62. British Politics

By Dennis Kavanagh; David Richards; Andrew Geddes

The fifth edition has been completely restructured and expanded in order to provide the definitive introduction to British Politics. There are 16 new chapters. The book focuses on the international context in which Britain operates and addresses institutions, processes, new issues and policies. The book incorporates student learning ... More »

63. Liberalisms

By John Gray

Liberalisms, a work first published in 1991, provides a coherent and comprehensive analytical guide to liberal thinking over the past century and considers the dominance of liberal thought in Anglo-American political philosophy over the past 20 years. John Gray assesses the work of all the major liberal political ... More »

Liberalisms
Between Europe and America

64. Between Europe and America

By Andrew Gamble | Used Price: 90% Off

British politics has been crucially shaped by England's role as pioneer of capitalism, by the experience of Empire, and by the particular form of its union with Scotland, Ireland and Wales. With the decline of Empire the attempt to bridge Europe and America has become ever more central ... More »

65. British Trade Unions Since 1933

By Chris Wrigley | Used Price: 90% Off

In reviewing major issues concerning the history of British trade unions in the last two-thirds of the twentieth century, this book discusses many controversial aspects of trade unions. It includes their economic impact (a cause of higher unemployment and lower productivity?) and their influence on government (unelected partners?). ... More »

British Trade Unions Since 1933
The Nature of the Right: European and American Politics and Political Thought Since 1789

66. The Nature of the Right: European and American Politics and Political Thought Since 1789

By Roger Eatwell | Under $1.00

In this selection of essays, an analysis and explanation is given of Right-wing thought and ideology in the western political tradition since the eighteenth century. The book follows a chronological framework with essays on the main strands of Right-wing politics, from the liberal to the extreme Right-wing movements. ... More »

67. A Question of Trust

By Onora O'Neill | Used Price: 90% Off

Can trust be restored by making people and institutions more accountable? Or do complex systems of accountability and control damage trust? Onora O'Neill challenges current approaches, investigates sources of deception in our society and re-examines questions of press freedom. This year's Reith Lectures present a ... More »

A Question of Trust
Who Runs This Place?: The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century

68. Who Runs This Place?: The Anatomy of Britain in the 21st Century

By Anthony Sampson | Under $1.00

Government power: Attorney-general and Blair crony, Lord Goldsmith, confirms the legality of war in Iraq in the face of convincing counter-arguments. Media power: Politicians resign regularly to satisfy media bloodlust and sales figures, while long-term democratic endeavour is irreparably damaged. Corporate power: FTSE100 fat-cats enjoy salary hikes of ... More »

69. Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation

By Richard Sennett | Used Price: 80% Off

Living with people who differ - racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically - is one of the most difficult challenges facing us today. Though our society is becoming ever more complicated materially, we tend to avoid engaging with people unlike ourselves. Modern politics emphasizes unity and similarity, encouraging the ... More »

Together: The Rituals, Pleasures and Politics of Cooperation
The Great Divestiture: Evaluating the Welfare Impact of the British Privatizations 1979-1997

70. The Great Divestiture: Evaluating the Welfare Impact of the British Privatizations 1979-1997

By Massimo Florio | Used Price: 70% Off

The privatization carried out under the Thatcher and Major governments in Britain has been widely (although not universally) considered a success, and has ... More »

71. The Future of Socialism: The Book That Changed British Politics

By Anthony Crosland

The 50th anniversary edition of the book that changed English Politics. With an Introduction by Gordon Brown. It is impossible to think of the intellectual landscape of Britain today without recognising the power of Crosland's The Future of Socialism in all aspects of the political debate. Still relevant ... More »

The Future of Socialism: The Book That Changed British Politics
Transformation of the Welfare State: The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility

72. Transformation of the Welfare State: The Silent Surrender of Public Responsibility

By Neil Gilbert | Used Price: 80% Off

How much has really changed in the world of welfare? A great deal, according to Neil Gilbert, one of our most deeply engaged and thoughtful analysts of social welfare policy. In this panoramic inquiry, Gilbert spans the globe to assess, in provocative yet dispassionate fashion, what welfare looks ... More »

73. Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings

By Eugene Mclaughlin; John Muncie

This revised and expanded Third Edition of the internationally acclaimed Criminological Perspectives is the most comprehensive reader available in the field. Wide-ranging and global in scope and coverage, Criminological Perspectives will enable you to critically engage with the various concepts and theoretical positions that you'll encounter throughout your ... More »

Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings
Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy

74. Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy

By David Miller; William Dinan | 80% Off

-- This book unmasks the covert and undemocratic world of corporate spin -- 'Corporate Spin is one of the great toxins of democracy and a free society. This is a foundational book to educate us about this sleazy realm and equip us to do battle with it.' More »

75. The Secret State: Preparing For The Worst 1945 - 2010

By Peter Hennessy

Peter Hennessy's The Secret State: Preparing for the Worst 1945-2010 is the story of secret government plans for combatting attacks on Britain, from the Cold War to modern counter-terrorism. Now completely revised and updated, Peter Hennessy's acclaimed account of the secret state includes material from ... More »

The Secret State: Preparing For The Worst 1945 - 2010
PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

76. PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

By Paul Mason

From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, Postcapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change, and how we can build a more equal society. Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from ... More »

77. Security Without Nuclear Deterrence

By Robert D Green; David Ramsbotham; Hugh Beach

The nuclear-armed states and their allies cite nuclear deterrence as the primary justification for maintaining nuclear weapons. Its fallacies must therefore be exposed and alternatives offered if they are to be eliminated. As a former operator of British nuclear weapons, Commander Green chronicles the history, practical difficulties and ... More »

Security Without Nuclear Deterrence
Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan

78. Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan

By Frank Ledwidge | Used Price: 50% Off

Recent British military performances in Iraq and Afghanistan have been widely seen as - at best - disappointing: under British control, Basra degenerated into a lawless city while Helmand province has witnessed heavy civilian and military casualties. This book examines how British involvement in both campaigns has gone ... More »

79. Elections and Voters in Britain

By David Denver; Christopher Carman; Robert Johns

• How do voters in Britain decide which party to vote for in elections?• Why do smaller parties get more support than they used to?• How do the mass media influence political opinions?The authors examine these and other questions in the third edition of this popular text. They ... More »

Elections and Voters in Britain
Imperialism

80. Imperialism

By J. A. Hobson

Originally published in 1902, this study expands on the ideas of imperialism which were a key focus of many countries in the early twentieth century, particularly in Great Britain. Hobson starts by outlining the economic origins of imperialism with an analysis on methodology and results, before delving into ... More »

81. Pressure Groups and British Politics

By Wyn Grant

Written by one of Britain's leading analysts of pressure groups, this book provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of pressure group politics in the UK and of the increasingly important EU dimension. The sleaze scandals surrounding the parliamentary lobby, grass roots direct action, the use of the media ... More »

Pressure Groups and British Politics
What are Universities For?

82. What are Universities For?

By Stefan Collini

Across the world, universities are more numerous than they have ever been, yet at the same time there is unprecedented confusion about their purpose and scepticism about their value. What Are Universities For? offers a spirited and compelling argument for completely rethinking the way we see our universities, ... More »

83. Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions

By Michael Newman

Critiques international policies by examining their impact on developing and transitional countries. This book argues that military interventions have had limited success in building sustainable peace. It endorses the notion of a 'responsibility to protect'. More »

Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions
Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era

84. Social Resilience in the Neoliberal Era

By Peter A. Hall

What is the impact of three decades of neoliberal narratives and policies on communities and individual lives? What are the sources of social resilience? This book offers a sweeping assessment of the effects of neoliberalism, the dominant feature of our times. It analyzes the ideology in unusually wide-ranging ... More »

85. Deception in High Places: A History of Bribery in Britain's Arms Trade

By Nicholas Gilby

Deception in High Places reveals the corruption endemic in Britain's biggest arms deals over the last fifty years.Based on painstaking research in government archives, collections of private and court papers and documents won by the author in a landmark Freedom of Information Tribunal against the Foreign and Commonwealth ... More »

Deception in High Places: A History of Bribery in Britain's Arms Trade
The State in Capitalist Society

86. The State in Capitalist Society

By Ralph Milliband

Presenting a sustained and concrete challenge to the current political consensus, this reference identifies the radical alternative of adopting socialism as the key issue facing civilization and the crucial condition of making substantial progress. Demonstrating that capitalist control of the state was so comprehensive that partial reforms were ... More »

87. Autonomy, Solidarity, Possibility: The Colin Ward Reader

By Colin Ward; Damian F. White | 50% Off

"Britain's leading anarchist philosopher." —Anne Power, London School of EconomicsDrawing inspiration from the everyday creativity of ordinary people, Colin Ward long championed a unique social and environmental politics that is premised on the possibilities of democratic self-organization and self-management from below. This collection provides a wide-ranging overview of ... More »

Autonomy, Solidarity, Possibility: The Colin Ward Reader
Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story?

88. Britain Since 1900 - A Success Story?

By Robert Skidelsky

The Vintage History of Britain is the most definitive and compelling history of the British Isles to date, offered by six distinguished historians.      History, like the present, is always changing.      Scholarship on the history of the British Isles is currently experiencing a golden age. The breakdown of modernism ... More »

89. The Modern British Party System

By Paul D. Webb | Used Price: 90% Off

Providing a complete up-to-date overview of the changing nature of contemporary party politics in Britain, this book draws on models of comparative politics and the latest empirical analysis to explain the capacity of British parties to adapt to a changing political environment. A number of broad themes include: ... More »

The Modern British Party System
An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

90. An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice

By William Godwin; Mark Philp

'To a rational being there can be but one rule of conduct, justice, and one mode of ascertaining that rule, the exercise of his understanding.' Godwin's Political Justice is the founding text of philosophical anarchism. Written in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution, it exemplifies the ... More »

91. The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners

By Seumas Milne | Used Price: 70% Off

Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike “the enemy within.” In this classic account, Seumas Milne reveals the astonishing lengths to which her government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain’s miners union. In this 30th anniversary edition new material brings the story up to date with further ... More »

The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners
Beyond the Anarchical Society: Grotius, Colonialism and Order in World Politics

92. Beyond the Anarchical Society: Grotius, Colonialism and Order in World Politics

By Edward Keene

It is commonly argued that the international system is currently in a state of upheaval, as state sovereignty is challenged by a variety of forces. Keene's book questions this assumption, arguing that sovereignty has never existed globally in any case, and suggesting that it has applied only to ... More »

93. Imperial Crusades: Afghanistan, Iraq and Yugoslavia

By Alexander Cockburn; Jeffrey St. Clair

The war on Iraq didn’t begin with the lethal pyrotechnics of Shock and Awe, and it didn’t end with George W. Bush’s made-for-TV aircraft landing. Undetected by the mainstream press, the US campaign against Iraq began many years before, featuring cruel sanctions, weekly bombardments, and assassinations. With Saddam ... More »

Imperial Crusades: Afghanistan, Iraq and Yugoslavia
Women, Work and A Citizens Basic Income

94. Women, Work and A Citizens Basic Income

By Ailsa McKay

Current debates concerning the future of social security provision in advanced capitalist states have raised the issue of a citizen’s basic income (CBI) as a possible reform package: a proposal based on the principles of individuality, universality and unconditionality which would ensure a minimum income guaranteed for all ... More »

95. Dispatches from the Dark Side

By Gareth Peirce | Used Price: 80% Off

In this set of devastating essays, Gareth Peirce analyzes the corruption of legal principles and practices in both the US and the UK that has accompanied the ‘War on Terror’. Exploring the few cases of torture that have come to light, such as those of Guantánamo detainees Shafiq ... More »

Dispatches from the Dark Side
English Feminism, 1780-1980

96. English Feminism, 1780-1980

By Barbara Caine

Barbara Caine offers the first complete overview of the history of "modern" English feminism, from the French Revolution through to the advent of Women's Liberation. Her analysis of feminist organizations, debates, and campaigns shows a keen sense of the relationship between feminist thought and actions, and wider social ... More »

97. The Business of Death: Britain's Arms Trade at Home and Abroad

By Neil Cooper | Used Price: 90% Off

Why does a medium-sized European power such as Britain have such an enormous arms industry? In this book, Neil Cooper explores the lingering imperial culture which drives the attitudes behind Britain's arms business. He reviews the perceived economic and political benefits flowing from Britain's arms exports and argues ... More »

The Business of Death: Britain's Arms Trade at Home and Abroad
Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists

98. Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists

By Eveline Lubbers

The exposure of undercover policeman Mark Kennedy in the eco-activist movement revealed how the state monitors and undermines political activism. This book shows the other grave threat to our political freedoms - undercover activities by corporations.Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark documents how ... More »

99. Social Class in the 21st Century

By Mike Savage

A fresh take on social class from the experts behind the BBC's 'Great British Class Survey'. Why does social class matter more than ever in Britain today? How has the meaning of class changed? What does this mean for social mobility and inequality? In this book ... More »

Social Class in the 21st Century
The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished

100. The Corporate Criminal: Why Corporations Must Be Abolished

By Steve Tombs; David Whyte

Drawing upon a wide range of sources of empirical evidence, historical analysis and theoretical argument, this book shows beyond any doubt that the private, profit-making, corporation is a habitual and routine offender. The book dissects the myth that the corporation can be a rational, responsible, 'citizen'. ... More »


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