It seems extraordinary that political demography gets so little attention. Below much of the political developments across the world, demography is consistently shaping affairs, whether it is the economic slump in the developed world (is it demographically linked - and are we all experiencing now what Japan experienced when its population growth crashed twenty years ago?), the dramatic aging taking place in China or the conflicts in the Middle East (would Syria be going up in flames if its median age were 40)? Yet there is relatively little intelligent thinking about this subject. This volume brings together a lively and varied collection of perspectives from different parts of the world in each of which demography, although very different, is powerfully shaping events. The essays are all scholarly but all accessible, which makes a refreshing change from so much academic work published in Political Science. Bravo Goldstone, Kaufmann, Toft and their contributors! Let's hope we get some more publications on this important and neglected topic.