Political Quarterly began publication in 1930 with the intent to improve the condition of Britain with new ideas and suggestions for change. It had the support of renowned individuals such as economist John Maynard Keynes, writer George Bernard Shaw and future British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
Political Quarterly includes contributions from an elite group of decision makers in politics and industry and is managed and edited by professionals, academics, politicians and journalists. Each issue offers articles on subjects of contemporary interest and long-term importance on both the national and international level. Unemployment, trade unions, public spending, military policies, political elections, drugs and abortion are among the topics discussed.
Other features include a substantial book review section, commentary and a detailed summary and critique of all major government and official reports. Issues for 1980 through 1985 are available.