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The publication and dissemination of our research is an integral part of PSI's activity, and we undertake research only on the understanding that the results will be made public - however uncomfortable the findings may be to any established interests.

We publish around 5-10 books a year based on our own primary research. We also publish selected material from 'outside' authors and other research institutes and academic institutes, provided the research matches our own interests and is fully peer-reviewed.

In addition to our books programme, we publish the Research Discussion Series - short, topical reports on work in progress and single-issue analyses of PSI's current research projects. We also produce Policy Studies, a quarterly, peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary academic journal, and the highly-regarded Cultural Trends, a quarterly statistical journal on the arts and wider cultural sector.

It is our policy to publish our work whenever possible. To ensure that as much of our work as possible is available, we are currently in the process of making our older publications (pre-1995) which would otherwise have become out of print available for free from this web site. A number of titles are already available. If there are any specific publications that are not available in bound form and that you would like to see on this site, then please contact Mary Daws, Publications Manager.

New for 2002

Findings from the Macro evaluation of the New Deal for Young People, by Michael White and Rebecca Riley, and published by the Department for Work and Pensions.

Collective Bargaining and Workplace Performance: An Investigation using the Workplace Employee Relations Survey 1998, by Alex Bryson and David Wilkinson, and published by the Department of Trade and Industry.

A New Agenda for Sustainable Development, by Malcolm Eames

The most recent issue of Cultural Trends, issue 40, focuses on the media, and includes a chapter by Robin Moss on educational broadcasting in schools. Visit the Cultural Trends website for further details. Click here to view the press release.

In January we published Ethnicity, Class and Health, a follow-up to Ethnicity and Mental Health and The Health of Britiain's Ethnic Minorities. It offers some key insights into the effects of class on the health of ethnic minorities.

For more information on these or any other PSI titles, don't hesitate to contact the PSI Publications team on (020) 7468 2319 or email us.


In October we celebrated the 70th birthday - and over 30 years of research - of Mayer Hillman, Senior Fellow Emeritus at Policy Studies Institute. In Ahead of Time, fifteen prominent UK thinkers, academics and innovators pay a remarkable tribute to one of the best known - and most outspoken - social and environmental researchers of our time.

Earlier in the year we published The UK Cultural Sector: Profile and Policy Issues, the most thorough analysis made to date of the subsidised cultural sector in the UK. The book covers the built heritage, film, libraries, literature, museums and galleries, performing arts, public broadcasting and the visual arts. It examines how much funding each of these various domains receive, where it comes from, what it's intended for, and how it's distributed; and assesses policy trends and developments - particularly under New Labour. A summary document is available from this site.

The December 2000 issue of our quarterly academic journal Policy Studies was devoted to issues surrounding the New Deal, with chapters from Michael White, Senior Fellow at PSI; Jane Millar, Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy, University of Bath; Jane Ritchie, Associate Director of the Qualitative Research Unit, National Centre for Social Research; and Robert Walker, Professor of Social Policy, University of Nottingham. Information on how to subscribe to Policy Studies or to obtain individual copies is available from the publishers, Carfax Publications, on 01256 813000.

We will be adding titles to our Research Discussion Series throughout the year, with forthcoming papers on employee voice, workplace closure and employment growth; lone parents' employment and partnership; the take-up of childcare amongst working mothers; and many more. All of the papers wil be available for free online.

We are also delighted to announce that our Archived Publications service is now up and running. More than 25 publications are already online, and by the end of the year we aim to make available all of our books and reports published before 1995.

New books for 2001 include our study of Stress among Ward Sisters and Charge Nurses; Black and Minority Ethnic Voluntary and Community Organisations, copublished with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation; and Youth Unemployment, Labour Market Progammes and Health, a literature review which explores the impact of labour market initiatives such as New Deal on the health of young people.

If you'd like any more information on these or any other PSI titles then please don't hesitate to contact us on (020) 7468 2319 or email us, and we'll respond within 24 hours.


Last year PSI has begun to publish a new series of reports in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The series  reflects many of PSI's core research interests, with reports on issues surrounding ethnic equality, employment, social care, personal finance, disability and much more. In the first report in the series, Fate, Hope and Insecurity, Karen Rowlingson (University of Bath) uses primary quantitative analysis to explore the extent to which people plan for the future. Her report was published in May.

On June 23 we published the first ever history of the UK employment service, Office of Hope by David Price. It's a fascinating account. Rodney Lowe, Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Bristol, writes of the book: "The Employment Service, despite its lingering associations with the dole queues of the 1930s, has been a pioneer among public services. Here is the history it deserves, written with great clarity and an authority based on insider knowledge and privileged access to unreleased policy files." The launch of this important book was marked by a PSI lunchtime seminar at which David Price spoke of 'The Employment Service: lessons from the past'; Leigh Lewis, ES Chief Executive, discussed the future for the Service and its merger with the Benefits Agency in 2001, and Dan Finn, University of Portsmouth, acted as academic discussant.

Our new report Coming up for Care: Assessing the post-hospital needs of older patients (March 2000), reveals that the assistance received by older people upon discharge from hospital elderly care units often depends upon who they see and where they live, and that the needs of patients do not necessarily predict service outcomes. (Press release.)

Towards the end of the year we launched our new Research Discussion Series: short, topical reports arising from work in progress and single-issue analysis of PSI's current research interests and projects.

Other forthcoming publications include a new report on ethnicity and health; an analysis of the gender pay gap; the long-awaited follow-up to Culture as Commodity, our economic analysis of the cultural sector in the UK, and more. Plus, of course, we will continue to bring you our two quarterly journals, Policy Studies and Cultural Trends.

For more information on these or any other PSI titles, don't hesitate to contact the PSI Publications team on (020) 7468 2319 or email us.


In October 1999 PSI published the final report of the UK's first comprehensive survey of  Ethnicity and Employment in Higher Education. The report was commissioned by a consortium of higher education organisations working with the Commission for Racial Equality, and was conducted at the University of Bristol. It reveals that ethnic minorities are disadvantaged in the academic labour force, and has already received widespread media attention.

Also new for 1999 has been Wealth in Britain. The study assesses the distribution of wealth across different groups and between various age-groups throughout the UK, and is the most recent analysis of wealth inequality available.

Other key titles include Access to Legal Services, which 'makes a valuable contribution to the debate about how best to provide legal services to those most in need of them' (The Lord Chancellor); Direct Routes to Independence: A guide to local authority implementation and management of direct payments; Overcrowding in Bangladeshi Households; and Britain's Future, a key text which explores selected national and international developments, the issues likely to arise, and the policies needed to address them.

All four issues of our quarterly academic journal Policy Studies, published by Carfax, are now available this year, as well, of course, as the influential Cultural Trends.

For more information on these or any other PSI titles, don't hesitate to contact the PSI Publications team on (020) 7468 2319 or email us.


Amongst the highlights of 1998 was the relaunch of our quarterly journal, Cultural Trends. The journal is the UK's leading source of statistical information on the arts and wider cultural sector in the UK and has been established as a key reference for all those working in, researching for and studying the cultural sector. It has been relaunched with a new format and layout; new contributors; a new, regularised programme of content; and now has an advisory board comprising leading figures from the arts and cultural industry. We hope all the subscribers are as pleased with the changes as we are.

Also new for 1998 were three books exploring the issues surrounding lone parenthood. Private Lives and Public Responses is a multi-contributed volume which draws on a wider range of data and information than has ever been available in the UK. The Growth of Lone Parenthood uses new research to chart the dynamics of this country's 1.5 million lone parents, and The Health Trap : Poverty, Smoking and Lone Parenthood is a long-awaited follow up to PSI's seminal Poor Smokers (1994).

Other new titles include Gender Inequalities in Nursing Careers,based on the largest survey of nurses ever undertaken; Paying for Peace of Mind - a review of home contents insurance take-up amongst low income households; Race and Higher Education, a multi-contributed volume with chapters by leading academics and policy-makers from the field of higher education and ethnic equality; Teenage Mothers and Dangerous Care : Assessing The Risks to Children from their Carers.

For more information on these or any other PSI titles, don't hesitate to contact the PSI Publications team on (020) 7468 2319 or email us.


1997 was an exciting year for PSI. Our publications received nationwide publicity: media as diverse as the Financial Times, the Daily Mail and the BBC Radio 4 have commended our work as 'influential', and stories on aspects of the Institute's work have been editorialised by national newspapers and broadcast on national radio and television, reaching an estimated readership of over 4.5 million broadsheet readers every week. During the year, PSI's work has fed directly into public policy across a wide range of sectors. Our research teams have been the leading source of information for ministers and officials responsible for new policy initiatives on welfare to work, the New Deal for lone parents and solicitors' conditional fees. Ministers have also called for briefings on regional arts funding and student finances in higher education, to name just some examples.

Perhaps the highlight of 1997, though, was the publication of Ethnic Minorities in Britain. The report attracted unprecedented attention from media and policy-makers alike. It reached mass audiences: at home, an estimated 28 million newspaper readers saw articles about the research, and the international coverage ranged from Japan to Jamaica, and Russia to New Zealand. The report was the subject of a major national conference featuring a keynote speechfrom Jack Straw, and has been adopted on numerous academic courses. It will be a benchmark for future research in the area. Two sister publications, The Health of Britain's Ethnic Minorities and Ethnicity and Mental Health are already educating policy-makers on the health needs of different ethnic minority groups, and have been extremely well received in academic circles.

Other lead titles in 1997 included A Leading Role for Midwives; Policing after the Act, Information for Citizenship in Europe; the recent study of lawyers' use of conditional fees, The Price of Success; and Consulting the Public - case studies of consultation processes across the UK, with a commentary on best practice.

For more information on these or any other PSI titles, don't hesitate to contact the PSI Publications team on (020) 7468 2319 or email us.