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.
The curse of long-ruling autocrats
In October 2022, during the 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping is likely to be “reelected” as the party’s chairman, paving his way for a third term as China’s top political leader.
From 9/11 to 1/6: The long legacy that led to the attack on the Capitol
The events of both September 11, 2001 and January 6, 2021 were unprecedented in our nation’s history. In this video from Karen Greenberg, we can see how increased secrecy and decreased accountability within American politics post 9/11 fostered a political climate in which Trumpism was able to thrive.
In dialogue: Perspectives on migration
Few phenomena sway global politics today as does migration. Economic volatility, violence-laden crises, and climate change produce millions of migrants annually and collectively threaten to displace much of the world’s population in the coming century.
Alex Zakaras on The Roots of American Individualism
Individualism is a defining feature of American public life. Its influence is pervasive today, with liberals and conservatives alike promising to expand personal freedom and defend individual rights against unwanted intrusion, be it from big government, big corporations, or intolerant majorities.
How Americans’ priorities explain abortion politics
In only a few months, the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization—in which the Court majority invalidated the constitutional right to an abortion established almost 50 years ago—has scrambled the political landscape.
Jonathan Kirshner on An Unwritten Future
An Unwritten Future offers a fresh reassessment of classical realism, an enduring approach to understanding crucial events in the international political arena.