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.
Conservatism is always evolving
For two hundred years, conservatism has defied its reputation as a backward-looking creed by confronting and adapting to liberal modernity. By doing so, the Right has won long periods of power and effectively become the dominant tradition in politics.
The fight for the Right: Conservatives have always argued with each over who owns their tradition
The political era through which Americans and Europeans are living is dominated at present by the right. But which right is that?
Why are Blacks Democrats?
Black Americans are by far the most unified racial group in American electoral politics, with 80 to 90 percent identifying as Democrats—a surprising figure given that nearly a third now also identify as ideologically conservative, up from less than 10 percent in the 1970s.
COVID and experts: A microcosm of democracy today
The COVID pandemic has spotlighted one of the most polarizing features of American democracy: the growing importance of experts in making policy decisions. Government decisions to lock down households and businesses, close schools and beaches, and require citizens to wear masks have been driven by expert advice.
Books for understanding the US presidential election
Need help riding out the November nail-biter? Delve into this list of books for understanding today’s politics as voters across the United States cast early ballots and prepare to head to polls.
Do we have the government we need for the problem of the century?
Orlando might be America’s tourist epicenter, and it’s working mightily to reopen. But it’s one thing to open the doors. It’s quite another to convince people to travel and walk through.
Why protests matter in American democracy
As protests continue nationwide in honor of George Floyd and to express outrage with systemic racism, it remains to be seen how the current civil unrest will shape democracy long term, and impact voting in the fall.