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About us


Founded in 1930, the Political Quarterly publishes analysis, insight and informed opinion on politics and public policy in the UK and globally. Our publisher is Wiley Blackwell.

We are broadly centre-left in outlook, but we publish a wide range of authors and viewpoints. Our current editors are Deborah Mabbett and Ben Jackson.

We aim to provide access to current academic debates and draw on critical intellectual arguments, but our hallmark is the use of plain English, avoiding theoretical and technical jargon. For a flavour, take a look at our most popular journal articles of the past week.

Other things we do

As well as our journal and our blog, we organise a selection of political debates and events each year.

We also sponsor the prestigious Orwell Prize for political writing.

Occasionally, we publish books. These include Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth by Michael Jacobs and Mariana Mazzucato (2016) and Defending Politics. Bernard Crick at The Political Quarterly, edited by Stephen Ball (2013). Find out more about our books here.


The day-to-day affairs of the Political Quarterly are managed by an editorial steering group, which you can view here. We are governed by an independent editorial board:

Joni Lovenduski (Chair)
Jackie Ashley
Rosie Campbell
Tom Clark

Colin Crouch
Lawrence Freedman
Andrew Gamble
Timothy Garton Ash
Wyn Grant
Margaret Hodge
Will Hutton
Ben Jackson
Michael Jacobs
Gavin Kelly
Anna Killick
Francesca Klug

Julian Le Grand
Deborah Mabbett
Helen Margetts
Anand Menon
Ed Miliband
Tariq Modood
Meg Russell
Donald Sassoon
Jean Seaton
Polly Toynbee

Our history

Did you know that that Virginia Woolf hand sewed early editions of our journal? Her husband, Leonard, was also one of our founders. We’ve written a bit more about our history here.

Contact us

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.