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    How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads – Book Review

How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads – Book Review

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How Economics Professors Can Stop Failing Us: The Discipline at a Crossroads. Steven Payson. Lexington Books. 2017.

The academic discipline of economics has been subject to a growing level of criticism, from both within and outside the academy. Often led by students, the criticisms of economists and their ideas are myriad and frequently related to their perceived position […]

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    The Limits of the Market: The Pendulum between Government and Market – Book Review

The Limits of the Market: The Pendulum between Government and Market – Book Review

The Limits of the Market: The Pendulum between Government and Market. Paul de Grauwe. Oxford University Press. 2017.

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Perhaps it still needs to be said, but all states’ governments balance off the practice of government and the use of markets as allocation mechanisms. Indeed, we might also confirm that we appreciate that markets are constituted by law and, […]

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    The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy – Book Review

The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy – Book Review

The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy. Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz. MIT Press. 2016.

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There can be little doubt that the way we consume a range of information goods has been transformed by digital content delivery. However, as the authors of The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy argue, this transformation […]

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    The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World – Book Review

The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World – Book Review

The International Politics of Fashion: Being Fab in a Dangerous World. Andreas Behnke (ed.). Routledge. 2016.
Towards an International Politics of Fashion

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When we look at the global political economy, our attention is often drawn to the practices of global corporations, especially across their supply chains. Problems in these often become newsworthy, and two industries are frequently the focus […]

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    Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the US and Europe – Book Review

Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the US and Europe – Book Review

Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe. Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage. Princeton University Press. 2016.

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As the United Kingdom enters uncharted waters after the referendum vote to leave the European Union, many commentators are realising that the disconnection between elite politics and the general electorate is more important than had […]

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    The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism – Book Review

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism – Book Review

The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism. Arun Sundararajan. MIT Press. 2016.

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We’ve had post-Fordism; we’ve seen the rise of the new economy; and now we are confronted with the ‘sharing economy’. In The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism, Arun Sundararajan aims to explain both […]

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    How Industry Analysts Shape the Digital Future – Book Review

How Industry Analysts Shape the Digital Future – Book Review

How Industry Analysts Shape the Digital Future. Neil Pollock and Robin Williams. Oxford University Press. 2016.

For some years I served as a senior academic manager in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Lancaster University and was involved with a number of university-wide IT projects. It took me a little while to realise that the ‘Gartner’ who was […]

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    Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World — Book Review

Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World — Book Review

Global Production Networks: Theorizing Economic Development in an Interconnected World. Neil M. Coe & Henry Wai-Chung Yeung. Oxford University Press 2015.

It is commonly asserted that a third or more of world trade is between corporations, and a further third is within their global supply chains (intra-firm trade), suggesting the majority of economic activity in the international realm is overseen […]