Perspectives are essays on big ideas by leading writers, each given free rein and a modest word limit to reframe an issue of great contemporary interest.

The series is edited by economist and author Diane Coyle, who is the author of several books, including The Economics of Enough (2011), The Soulful Science (2007), Sex, Drugs and Economics (2002) and Paradoxes of Prosperity (2001). She is also the founder of Enlightenment Economics, a consultancy specializing in the economic and social effects of new technologies.

To celebrate the arrival of the tenth book in the series (David Metz's Travel Fast or Smart?), we are launching two promotions.

The first enables UK readers to purchase any three books in the series for £22 including postage and packing, with each subsequent book available for an additional £4. This means the whole series can be purchased for £50.

The second offer is effectively a subscription to future Perspectives titles. Interested readers can pay £20 and will then receive the next four books in the series, again postage free in the UK.

To take up either offer, please email for further details.


Travel Fast or Smart? A Manifesto for an Intelligent Transport Policy

Britain does not have a coherent transport policy, and conventional transport economics has reached a dead end. A transport policy should incorporate ... More


Are Trams Socialist? Why Britain Has No Transport Policy

Transport is key to our daily lives and yet it is a most neglected field of politics. Britain has never had a coherent transport policy. More


A Better Politics: How Government Can Make Us Happier

The aim of this book is to inspire a better politics: one that will enable future generations to be happier. Greater well-being and better health should be the goals, rather than ... More


Bad Habits, Hard Choices: Using the Tax System to Make Us Healthier

Consumers in Britain face a curious mix of taxes and duties that are messy, opaque and out of date. They are also unfair: the poorer you are, the more More


Housing: Where's the Plan?

Housing is a fundamental necessity, and yet it is generally acknowledged that we have a ‘housing crisis’ in the UK... More

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Identity is the New Money

This book argues that identity is changing profoundly and that money is changing equally profoundly. More


Why Fight Poverty?

Julia Unwin’s book Why Fight Poverty? asks a provocative question. Calls to end poverty date back centuries. Even in prosperous modern times, despite the huge transformation of society, poverty has persisted. More


Rediscovering Growth: After the Crisis

Andrew Sentance’s book Rediscovering Growth: After the Crisis focuses on the economic challenges facing the West, among them the shift of geopolitical power to Asia and the aftermath of the crisis. More


Reinventing London

In Reinventing London Bridget Rosewell asks how London's economy might be developed after the financial crisis. More


The BRIC Road to Growth

In The BRIC Road to Growth Jim O’Neill calls for an urgent overhaul of global economic governance to reflect the reality of the economic power of the BRIC countries and others, especially Korea. More