The politics list at Princeton stands out as one of the most venerable and distinguished in the field. We publish books that speak not only to topics of contemporary and immediate relevance, but also to enduring questions regarding states, governments, social behavior, and political conflict.
Featuring works that are empirically deep, substantively interesting, and methodologically diverse, the list is representative of the subject in the broadest sense, with books in international relations, comparative politics, political behavior, American politics and political development, political theory and philosophy, legal studies, and political methodology.
Winning isn’t everything, especially in democracy
Trump responded to his loss in the 2020 election by being the epitome of a “sore loser”: by denying that he had lost and doubling down on baseless conspiracy theories of electoral fraud. He is not alone. There are multiple examples of sore losers in US politics today.
To Build a Black Future
When #BlackLivesMatter emerged in 2013, it animated the most consequential Black-led mobilization since the civil rights and Black power era. Today, the hashtag turned rallying cry is but one expression of a radical reorientation toward Black politics, protest, and political thought.
Listen in: To Build a Black Future
Listen to a sample chapter from To Build a Black Future – an incisive portrait of how the new Black politics can forge a future centered on collective action, community, and care.
Listen in: The Darkened Light of Faith
Listen to a sample chapter from The Darkened Light of Faith – a powerful new account of what a group of nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American activists, intellectuals, and artists can teach us about democracy. .
Renewing the civic bargain
Democracy today is in trouble: we see free governments wobbling, political tribalism everywhere, and rising authoritarianism. America, once the showcase of democracy done right now seems a system gone wrong.