Palgrave Macmillan launches new format with Palgrave Policy Essentials

London | Heidelberg, 15 October 2018

Palgrave Macmillan is thrilled to launch a new format of short, accessible books written by influential academics with direct policymaking experience. The books are designed to appeal to a wide audience, with clear summaries on policy implications and recommendations for action.

Palgrave Policy Essentials launches with the publication of three books written by Claire Craig, Patrick Diamond and Simon Duke†.

  • How Does Government Listen to Scientists? discusses how interdisciplinary knowledge transfer can help speed up the development and use of practical insights for science in government, specifically around climate change, risk, disease prevention and artificial intelligence. Claire Craig CBE is Chief Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society and previously led the Government Office for Science on behalf of two UK Government Chief Scientific Advisors.
  • The End of Whitehall? argues that the system of government in Britain is being radically reshaped. The book provides an account of institutional change at a critical moment in UK politics, covering the Brexit process, the impact of Austerity, and challenges, such as climate change and an ageing society. Patrick Diamond held a number of senior posts in British central government between 2000 and 2010, and was formally Head of Policy Planning in 10 Downing Street.
  • Will Brexit Damage our Security and Defence? offers a critical analysis of the consequences of Brexit for crisis management, internal security and defence industries in both the UK and EU. Simon Duke† is a policy expert with experience at the European Institute of Public Administration, the European Parliament and NATO.

Palgrave Macmillan has published policy titles for many years and launched its formal Public Policy list in 2015. This new format marks a further development in how it is responding to the needs of the public policy community. 

Palgrave Macmillan Senior Commissioning Editor Jemima Warren said, ‘Whilst visiting the Foreign Office a couple of years ago, officials there mentioned that a short form is exactly what they’re after. They have no library, no time to read anything long, and their budgets are small, so our Policy Essentials format was developed to give them exactly what they’ve told us they need.’

The format also aims to draw together the many academic and practical insights around public policy that co-exist in the field but are rarely brought together in a succinct and easily digestible form.

Editorial Director for Politics & International Studies Christina M Brian said, ‘Palgrave Policy Essentials hold up to our high Palgrave Macmillan standards in that they feature original, peer-reviewed research written by top names in the field. They are inspired in part by other short-form projects, such as Palgrave Pivots and Springer Essentials. We saw those short, innovative publications working well in their fields and wanted to fill a similar gap in Public Policy.’

The Palgrave Policy Essentials follow Springer Nature’s lead in pioneering new formats and ways to engage with the research community, so authors and readers can pick what suits their needs best.

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