Annual Book Review Competition Global Discourse

Global Discourse

Global Discourse is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented journal of applied contemporary thought operating at the intersection of politics, international relations, sociology and social policy. The journal’s scope is broad, encouraging interrogation of current affairs with regard to core questions of distributive justice, wellbeing, cultural diversity, autonomy, sovereignty, security and recognition. Rejecting the notion that publication is the final stage in the research process, Global Discourse seeks to foster discussion and debate between often artificially isolated disciplines and paradigms.

A central feature of our publishing model is the development of book review symposia, typically consisting of three reviews and a reply by the author/s. The symposia offer an opportunity for authors to engage substantively with their critics.

Our symposia have featured work by Noam Chomsky, Andrew Linklater and Cynthia Weber, Guy Standing, Mark Purcell, David Graeber, Michael Shapiro, Axel Honneth, Bruno Latour and Graham Harmann.

Since 2015, we have organised our annual book review competition. This highlights the three finest contributions to the field over the course of each year. The winning books are subject to symposia containing up to five reviews of up to 2,000 words each and an author’s reply of up to 5,000 words.

We invite submissions by authors and publishers of exceptional contemporary monographs for inclusion in an annual section profiling the three finest contributions to the field over the course of each year. Submissions are invited from within each of the fields noted above. Those which intersect those fields are particularly encouraged.

Our prize winners have been: in 2015, Stuart Elden, Nadia Urbinati and Wil Verhoeven; in 2016, Jason Stanley, Madawi Al-Rasheed and James A. Harris and, in 2017, Gareth Stedman Jones.

Contributions are assessed by the Doctoral Book Reviews Board according to criteria of originality, timeliness, potential for impact, cogency, coherence and style. We also publish a shortlist of 10 runners up, featuring 250 word summaries of the case for each contribution.

Selection not only confers prestige and endorsement, but also ensures increased coverage, publicity and impact, with genuine engagement between reader and author, providing authors with a unique opportunity to respond to critics and clarify their thoughts. 

Submissions for review are welcomed at any time. These will be reviewed upon receipt, with the three best submissions identified at the end of each calendar year. For further information or to submit review copies, please contact the Chair of the Book Reviews Board:

Rosamund Mutton

Politics, Philosophy and Religion

County South

Lancaster University



United Kingdom



Deadline: Open call. Successful submissions will be included in the first issue of the year following the publication of the books so as to give time to organise the symposia.

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