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Established in 1996, the aim of Policy Press has always been to try to improve social conditions with publications that will make a positive difference to learning and research, policy and practice. In essence, Policy Press is a publisher with a purpose.

Based at the University of Bristol, UK, Policy Press is now well-known as a leading international publisher of high quality books and journals across a wide range of subjects including: sociology, social policy and social welfare, childhood studies and family policy, ageing, social work and social care, public policy, criminology and criminal justice, health, housing and urban studies.

Policy Press currently publishes around 80 new titles each year, all of which are rigorously peer-reviewed and provide key international research material in a wide range of social science disciplines. Key Policy Press series include Ageing and the Lifecourse, Policy and Politics in the 21st Century and Studies in Poverty, and Inequality and Social Exclusion.  Key authors include Stephen J Ball, Ann Oakley, Bill Jordan, Sheila B Kamerman, Naomi Eisenstadt and Peter Townsend.

"We are excited to be a part of UPSO, given the extensive market research undertaken to inform its development and the considerable success and reputation of Oxford Scholarship Online which it builds on.  We believe that the linking of such a popular, user-friendly platform with our robust and coherent list of scholarly social science titles across the Sociology, Social Work and Public Health and Epidemiology collections is a winning combination."
Alison Shaw, Director of Policy Press

Policy Press Scholarship Online (PPSO) makes available the best of Policy Press’s scholarly studies in a cross-searchable library that offers quick and easy access to the full text of hundreds of books and is available through the University Press Scholarship Online platform. Find out more about UPSO, and read our FAQs for troubleshooting guidance on how to use the site.

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