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Celebrating Open Access

October 1, 2018

Open Access Week is happening this month, running from October 22nd through to the 28th, and is entering in to its tenth year. To celebrate we wanted to highlighted some of our most recent Open Access publishing:

The Leap of Faith: The Fiscal Foundations of Successful Government in Europe and America

The Leap of Faith by Sven H. Steinmo
This book examines the evolution of the relationship between taxpayers and their states in Sweden, Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Romania, and asks why tax compliance is so much higher in some countries than others. The book shows that successful states have built strong administrative capacities, tax citizens fairly and equitably, and deliver public services that are tangible to taxpayers.


Governing Extractive Industries: Politics, Histories, Ideas

Governing Extractive Industries by Anthony Bebbington, et. al.
Proposals for more effective natural resource governance emphasize the importance of institutions and governance, but say less about the political conditions under which institutional change occurs. This book synthesizes findings regarding the political drivers of institutional change in extractive industry governance. The authors analyse resource governance from the late nineteenth century to the present in Bolivia, Ghana, Peru, and Zambia. They focus on the ways in which resource governance and national political settlements interact.  


Misery to Mirth: Recovery from Illness in Early Modern England

Misery to Mirth by Hannah Newton
The history of early modern medicine often makes for depressing reading. It implies that people fell ill, took ineffective remedies, and died. This book seeks to rebalance and brighten our overall picture of early modern health by focusing on the neglected subject of recovery from illness in England, c.1580–1720. Drawing on an array of archival and printed materials, Misery to Mirth shows that recovery did exist conceptually at this time, and that it was a widely reported phenomenon. 


Everything Flows: Towards a Processual Philosophy of Biology

Everything Flows by Daniel J. Nicholson and John Dupré
This collection of essays explores the metaphysical thesis that the living world is not ontologically made up of substantial particles or things, as has often been assumed, but is rather constituted by processes. The biological domain is organized as an interdependent hierarchy of processes, which are stabilized and actively maintained at different timescales. Even entities that intuitively appear to be paradigms of things, such as organisms, are actually better understood as processes. 


Agriculture, Diversification, and Gender in Rural Africa: Longitudinal Perspectives from Six Countries

Agriculture, Diversification, and Gender in Rural Africa by Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt et. al.
This book contributes to the understanding of smallholder agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa through addressing the dynamics of intensification and diversification within and outside agriculture, in contexts where women have much poorer access to agrarian resources than men. It uses a longitudinal cross-country comparative approach, relying on the Afrint dataset—unique household-level longitudinal data for six African countries collected over the period 2002–2013/15.


Forthcoming Open Access titles

The following two Open Access books will be published online in October, bringing the total number available on Oxford Scholarship Online to over fifty.

Network Propaganda by Yochai Benkler, et. al.
Network Propaganda presents the most comprehensive study yet published on media coverage of American presidential politics from the start of the election cycle in April 2015 to the one year anniversary of the Trump presidency. Analysing millions of news stories together with Twitter and Facebook shares, broadcast television and YouTube, the book provides a comprehensive overview of the architecture of contemporary American political communications.

Representation in Cognitive Science by Nicholas Shea
Drawing on this cutting-edge research, Nicholas Shea uses a series of case studies from the cognitive sciences to develop a naturalistic account of the nature of mental representation. His approach is distinctive in focusing firmly on the 'subpersonal' representations that pervade so much of cognitive science. The diversity and depth of the case studies, illustrated by numerous figures, make this book unlike any previous treatment.

Oxford University Press has taken an active role in discussions around the changing nature of the monograph in the context of digital advancements and new publication models. We offer authors, on a case-by-case basis, the opportunity to publish their monograph open access. Find out more about our Open Access publishing.