Agenda is a new independent publisher of books and journals in economics and political economy for students and lecturers in institutions of education worldwide.
Agenda’s publishing aims to facilitate access to economic ideas for a readership that has traditionally found them forbidding and inaccessible, whether in the wider social sciences or in the public square, yet who nevertheless wish to gain a greater understanding of how the economy works. As well as opening up the work of mainstream economics, Agenda’s program also represents the work of other traditions and methodologies, as well as more ethically- and historically-informed studies.
Unconstrained by existing publishing models, Agenda will explore new ways of bringing content to its readership, including open access, while maintaining the highest editorial standards and peer review commensurate with the best academic publishing.
Agenda places the author–publisher relationship at the heart of its publishing and is keen to work with authors and contributors who share our belief that the best publishing is a collaborative enterprise.
We would be delighted to hear from potential authors excited by the prospect of working with a new publisher and the opportunity to help shape a new list at a time when the economy has never more needed to be better understood.
Publisher and Managing Director
Steven began his career as an economics editor at Macmillan in the days when editors still wrote letters and content meant being satisfied. He left Macmillan to join UCL Press, a unique publishing start-up that brought together City finance and one of the UK’s top universities, where he built a highly regarded history list. Having been bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, he went on to found the philosophy publisher, Acumen, establishing it alongside the best in its field, and which sold to Taylor & Francis in 2014. Agenda is his newest venture.
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Alison read Modern Languages and Classics at Oriel College, Oxford, before embarking on a career in academic publishing. Working first for Longman, on the social and behavioural sciences textbook programme, she then moved to the USA and worked for Taylor & Francis. On returning to the UK Alison joined Palgrave Macmillan becoming publisher for politics and political economy in the academic division and most recently as Managing Editor of the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. Alison is responsible for Agenda's publishing in political economy and economic geography.
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Vicky read Modern History at Exeter College, Oxford. She has worked in academic publishing for over twenty years including time at Palgrave Macmillan, Routledge and Cengage. As Marketing Director at Palgrave Macmillan she helped to launch the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics online and worked on the promotion of bestselling titles by Paul Krugman, Greg Mankiw, Michael Porter and many others. Vicky is responsible for marketing and promotion.
Jeremy has a PhD in political sociology from the London School of Economics. He is co-editor and co-founder of the The Philosophers’ Magazine and has authored and edited numerous books, including the international bestseller, Einstein's Riddle, and most recently The Story of Philosophy: A History of Western Thought (with James Garvey). Jeremy is responsible for developing Agenda’s website and online resources.
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