Founded in 1930, the Political Quarterly publishes analysis, insight and informed opinion on politics and public policy in the UK and globally. Our publisher is Wiley Blackwell. To fully search our past journal issues please visit Wiley's website.
We are broadly progressive in outlook, but we publish a wide range of authors and viewpoints. Our current editors are Deborah Mabbett, Ben Jackson and Anna Killick. The day-to-day affairs of the Political Quarterly are managed by our editorial steering group.
We aim to provide access to current academic debates and draw on critical intellectual arguments, but our hallmark is the use of plain English, avoiding theoretical and technical jargon.
“What I have most wanted to do... is to make political writing into an art" – George Orwell
Other things we do
As well as our journal and our blog, we organise a selection of events each year.
We also sponsor the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing.
Occasionally, we publish books. These include Rethinking Democracy, edited by Andrew Gamble and Tony Wright (2019), Britain beyond Brexit,edited by Gavin Kelly and Nick Pearce (2019), Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, edited by Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato (2016) and Defending Politics. Bernard Crick at The Political Quarterly, edited by Stephen Ball (2013).
We are governed by an independent editorial board:
Did you know that that Virginia Woolf hand sewed early editions of our journal? Her husband, Leonard, was also one of our founders. We’ve written a bit more about our history here.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.