Free special issues from Bristol University Press and Policy Press journals!Free to access

04/06/2020 Katie Lucas


Throughout May and June 2020 Bristol University Press and Policy Press are making recent journal special issues free to access.

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Policy & Politics
Policy-making as designing: the added value of design thinking for public administration and public policy
Guest edited by Arwin van Buuren, Jenny M Lewis and B Guy Peters

This special issues discusses how we can make the best use of design to improve public policy and public services for the future.


Evidence & Policy
Opening up evidence-based policy: exploring citizen and service user expertise [Open Access]
Guest edited by Ellen Stewart, Jennifer Smith-Merry and Marc Geddes


This special issues brings together research which focuses specifically on the intersection of public perspectives, research evidence,and the policy process. It explores questions such as whether and how experiential knowledge can be understood and mobilised as evidence within the policy process; whose perspectives are seen as legitimate knowledge to inform policy making; how evidence producers and users can engage with a range of publics in timepressured and fast-changing policy debates.


Global Discourse
The Politics of Negative Emotions
Guest edited by Dan Degerman


The contributions of this double issue, which reflect a variety of disciplines and experiences from across the world, explore a range of negative emotions, drawing out both constructive and destructive potentials of these experiences. While they were conceived long before the current global health crisis and do not deal directly with the political responses to COVID-19, the politics of negative emotions is directly relevant to understanding them.


European Journal of Politics and Gender
Rethinking the ambition gap: gender and candidate emergence in comparative perspective
Guest Edited by Jennifer M. Piscopo and Meryl Kenny


The gender gap in political ambition is often presented as an immutable fact about the political world. This special issue interrogates this fact, drawing on case studies from across the globe to move the research agenda away from explaining why (or whether) women have less ambition than men, and towards understanding the gendered dynamics of candidate emergence.


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