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People standing in front of street art saying 'Repeal the 8th'

Kate Hunt and Amanda Friesen outline the ways both sides of Ireland’s abortion policy debate framed masculinity, in order to encourage men to vote, questioning whether this threatens to undermine broader emancipatory goals.…Read more

Strands of light
by Peter Beresford  |  15th March 2021

In this podcast, Jess Miles speaks to Peter Beresford about his new book, 'Participatory Ideology', why we need to change the way we look at ideology and how more of us can be included in its creation.…Read more

Protesters holding sign saying 'Women demand equality'
by Frances Galt  |  12th March 2021

Frances Galt, author of 'Women’s Activism Behind the Screens', traces the history of union activity on gender inequality in the film and TV industries and calls on us to learn valuable lessons from the successes of those in the past who fought for gender equality in the film and TV industries.…Read more

Irish flag painted on wood
by Mary P Murphy and John Hogan  |  5th March 2021

Mary C Murphy and John Hogan, editors of 'Policy Analysis in Ireland', consider how austerity since 2008 has deepened public service fault lines exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.…Read more

Fake grass
by Paul Graham Raven  |  16th February 2021

Paul Graham Raven reflects on the role of the Museum of Carbon Ruins, a speculative exhibition looking back on the present from a 2053 future in which we solved climate change. …Read more

Colourful dots in concentric circles
by Rob Kitchin  |  9th February 2021

Rob Kitchin, author of ‘Data Lives: How Data are Made and Shape our World’, warns us not to accept data at face value. He explains why he is telling data stories to remind us that the production of data is a creative endeavour.…Read more

Statue of Margaret Thatcher in Westminster

Ian Cummins, author of 'Welfare and Punishment', presents an analysis of the punitive turn since 1979 that has resulted in a huge increase in the prison population and a shredding of the welfare safety net.…Read more

Person with hand up during online class
by Lyn Tett and Mary Hamilton  |  22nd January 2021

Lyn Tett and Mary Hamilton, editors of 'Resisting Neoliberalism in Education', call for a new direction in education, expanding access to online resources, prioritising ALL learner perspectives and harnessing the creativity brought by new voices to the policy table.…Read more

US Capitol building at dawn
by Stephen Wenham  |  20th January 2021

Stephen Wenham, Publisher for Politics and International Relations at Bristol University Press, recommends books that address some of the international issues that confront the new presidency.…Read more

Photo of an iPhone homescreen
by Scott Timcke  |  18th January 2021

Scott Timcke, author of 'Algorithms and the End of Politics', considers how digital tech companies not only shape everyday perception, but control the economy, legitimise state force and upend democratic practice. …Read more