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    The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you may like to listen to a podcast here of Mariana Mazzucato’s LSE lecture, ‘The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy’, recorded on 23 April 2018. 
The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy. Mariana Mazzucato. Allen Lane. 2018.

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Looking at the things around you, […]

October 14th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

The Infinite Desire for Growth – Book Review

The Infinite Desire for Growth. Daniel Cohen (trans. by Jane Marie Todd). Princeton University Press. 2018.

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A decade after the 2008 Financial Crisis and ensuing Great Recession, economic growth as a principle and goal in economic theories is being questioned from numerous angles. Instead of accepting rapid, consistent GDP growth as the norm, heterodox economists, including Daniel Cohen, […]

October 7th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship – Book Review

Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenship: Deprivation and Affluence in Austerity Britain. Daniel Edmiston. Policy Press. 2018.
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Daniel Edmiston’s Welfare, Inequality and Social Citizenshipprovides much-needed insight into how both low- and high-income individuals navigate citizen identities. Edmiston’s research conclusions draw upon interviews conducted with ‘deprived’ and ‘affluent’ participants in Leeds between 2011 and 2015, combined with secondary analysis of British […]

September 30th, 2018|Book Review, Featured|0 Comments|

Gore Capitalism – Book Review

Gore Capitalism. Sayak Valencia (trans. by John Pluecker). Semiotext(e)/MIT Press. 2018.
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When I first picked up Sayak Valencia’s essay, Gore Capitalism, published as a short book, I was intrigued by the title. I was able to vaguely define what I thought it meant by breaking the term in two, deducing that it had something to do with […]

September 23rd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life – Book Review

Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life – Book Review

Foundational Economy: The Infrastructure of Everyday Life. The Foundational Economy Collective. Manchester University Press. 2018.

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For some time now, a group of European researchers, led by a team at Manchester University, has been developing a radical new approach to economic thinking and development policy centred on the concept of the ‘foundational economy’. Foundational Economy. The Infrastructure of Everyday […]

September 16th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing – Book Review

Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing – Book Review

Heat, Greed and Human Need: Climate Change, Capitalism and Sustainable Wellbeing. Ian Gough. Edward Elgar. 2017.

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The three terms in the title ‘Heat, Greed and Human Need’ reveal the main elements of the argument in this book. Heat refers to how climate change is threatening the limits of our planet. Human need is presented in terms of a […]

September 9th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    General Theory of the Precariat: Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction – Book Review

General Theory of the Precariat: Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction – Book Review

General Theory of the Precariat: Great Recession, Revolution, Reaction. Alex Foti. Institute of Network Cultures. 2017.

Alex Foti is a veteran of the autonomous movement living in Milan. In the late 1990s, he was among the thousands of ‘no-global’ activists who built a Europe-wide network against the globalisation of market ideology. In the early 2000s, he figured as a […]

September 2nd, 2018|Book Review|1 Comment|
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    Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In – Book Review

Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In – Book Review

Suburban Planet: Making the World Urban from the Outside In. Roger Keil. Polity. 2017.

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In 2008 the world entered the urban age – but high-level statistics showing half the world living in urban areas conceal much of the global reality. Despite the frequent depiction of hyper-dense centres such as Hong Kong, Manhattan and the City of London, […]

August 26th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    ‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’- Long Read Book Review

‘From the Anthropocene to the Anthropo-scene’- Long Read Book Review

Anthropocene: A Very Short Introduction. Erle C. Ellis. Oxford UP. 2018.

Interrogating the Anthropocene: Ecology, Aesthetics, Pedagogy, and the Future in Question. jan jagodzinski (ed.). Palgrave. 2018.

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In the year 2000, the Nobel prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen and his colleague Eugene Stoermer, a lake ecologist, published a paper in an obscure geological newsletter introducing the term ‘Anthropocene’ […]

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    California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader – Book Review

California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader – Book Review

California Greenin’: How the Golden State Became an Environmental Leader. David Vogel. Princeton University Press. 2018.

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Recoiling from our screens – battered and bruised by news of compounding horrors – we realise this is not a drill. We urgently need to tackle climate change, brutal xenophobia, resurgent authoritarianism and gutting austerity. Many of us are protesting, marching, publicly […]

August 12th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy – Book Review

Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy – Book Review

Masters of Craft: Old Jobs in the New Urban Economy. Richard E. Ocejo. Princeton University Press. 2018.

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Sam Mature, a Chicago barber, was one of the dozens of Americans that Studs Terkel interviewed for Working, his collection of oral histories published in 1974. Working (subtitled ‘people talk about what they do all day and how they feel […]

August 5th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

Economic Science Fictions – Book Review

Economic Science Fictions. William Davies (ed.). Goldsmiths Press. 2018.

Science fiction as an academic case study has long been interrogated in many humanities departments, with a genealogical approach seeming the most obvious or intuitive way to understand any given sci-fi narrative. That is, one may try to link the text to the turmoil around its year of publication and question […]

July 29th, 2018|Book Review|1 Comment|
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    Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport – Book Review

Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport – Book Review

Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport. Philipp Rode. Edward Elgar. 2018.

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Philipp Rode’s new book, Governing Compact Cities: How to Connect Planning, Design and Transport, looks at the institutional arrangements that enable sustainable cities. It starts with the recognition that in many cases, sustainable cities are also compact cities, characterised by mixed-use neighbourhoods and […]

July 22nd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

Economics for the Common Good – Book Review

Economics for the Common Good. Jean Tirole (trans. by Stephen Randall). Princeton University Press. 2017.

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Economics – that seemingly impenetrable mix of mathematical wizardry and eye-glazing theorising – has long appeared wholly inaccessible to the majority of the public (and even, it might be added, many members of the intelligentsia). Its roots were remarkably readable – for […]

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    The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) – Book Review

The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It) – Book Review

The People vs Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (and How We Can Save It). Jamie Bartlett. Ebury Press. 2018.

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Technology firms have long been run under a simple rule: scale fast, ask questions later. Over the last thirty years, giddy start-ups have transformed into multi-billion-dollar conglomerates, with the first ever trillion-dollar firm expected to be […]

July 8th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|

The Market – Book Review

The Market. Matthew Watson. Agenda Publishing. 2018.

Our economic life is inextricably shaped by the stories we tell in order to make sense of the economy, from the ‘folk economics’ of ordinary people to the theories held dear by scholars. This is particularly true for the discipline of economics which—as a swathe of work on economic performativity suggests—does not just […]

July 1st, 2018|Book Review|1 Comment|
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    Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility – Book Review

Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility – Book Review

Against Meritocracy: Culture, Power and Myths of Mobility. Jo Littler. Routledge. 2017.

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Modern life is shaped by a persistent and sinister narrative: that if you just work hard enough, you can improve yourself and so improve your situation in life. If you’re poor, miserable, unglamorous or unfulfilled, then you’ve simply not really applied yourself – you lack […]

June 24th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Politics of Financial Risk, Audit and Regulation: A Case Study of HBOS – Book Review

The Politics of Financial Risk, Audit and Regulation: A Case Study of HBOS – Book Review

The Politics of Financial Risk, Audit and Regulation: A Case Study of HBOS. Atul K. Shah. Routledge. 2017.

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In The Politics of Financial Risk, Audit and Regulation: A Case Study of HBOS, Atul K. Shah examines the HBOS collapse of 2008, and uses it as a platform to more broadly critique the ways in which finance is regulated by […]

June 17th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe – Book Review

Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe – Book Review

Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe. Benjamin Martill and Uta Staiger (eds). UCL Press. 2018.

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With a deal on the post-Brexit transition period agreed in March, the UK and the European Union are getting closer towards building a framework for their new political, economic and security relationship. At the same time, both the process and consequences […]

June 10th, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money – Book Review

The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money – Book Review

The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money. Bryan Caplan. Princeton University Press. 2018.

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve spent a lot of time in classrooms. Ask yourself: how much of it was really worthwhile, and not just a necessary requirement for getting a useful bit of paper? […]

June 3rd, 2018|Book Review|0 Comments|