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    LSE Review of Books Guide to LSE Literary Festival (20 to 25 Feb)

LSE Review of Books Guide to LSE Literary Festival (20 to 25 Feb)

Between Monday 20 and Saturday 25 February 2017, LSE is hosting its ninth annual Literary Festival. This year’s theme is Revolutions – not only marking the centenary of the Russian Revolution, but also other anniversaries of revolutions in literature, international relations, politics, religion and science. The Festival explores the notion of ‘revolution’ in its broadest sense – encompassing rebellions, resistance and […]

February 5th, 2017|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science – Book Review

Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science – Book Review

Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science. Marc Flandreau. University of Chicago Press. 2016.

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The focus of Marc Flandreau’s Anthropologists in the Stock Exchange: A Financial History of Victorian Science is to unearth and explore the links between the development of early circles of anthropologists and the use of science in British imperial formal […]

Cotton – Book Review

Cotton. Adam Sneyd. Polity. 2016.

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The cover of Cotton by Adam Sneyd is beautiful in its simplicity: the fluffy white stuff in a sea of blue. Yet, Sneyd’s book successfully conveys how behind cotton’s demure whiteness often lies the vulnerability of those who risk their health and food security to plant and pick this difficult crop in fields […]

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    Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence – Book Review

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence – Book Review

Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence. David R. Mares and Harold A. Trinkunas. The Brookings Institution Press. 2016.

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Brazil’s road to global influence provides the compound metres for David R. Mares and Harold A. Trinkunas’ Aspirational Power: Brazil on the Long Road to Global Influence. Aspirational Power is a systematic treatment of the global […]

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    Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives – Book Review

Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives – Book Review

Green Growth: Ideology, Political Economy and the Alternatives. Gareth Dale, Manu V. Mathai and Jose Puppim de Oliveira (eds). Zed Books. 2016.

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While there is broad consensus on the existence of a global environmental crisis, there are diverging opinions on the scale of the social, political and economic change required to tackle it. Placing their faith in market […]

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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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    Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges – Book Review

Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges – Book Review

Economic Governance in Europe: Comparative Paradoxes and Constitutional Challenges. Federico Fabbrini. Oxford University Press. 2016.

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Towards a ‘More Perfect Union’? 
This book by Federico Fabbrini closes by quoting Mario Draghi’s reference, during a speech at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in October 2013, to the need to create ‘a more perfect Union’. The notion recalls the Preamble of […]

Charity Sucks – Book Review

Charity Sucks. Iqbal Wahhab. Biteback Publishing. 2016.

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Charity Sucks is a part of a Biteback series, named ‘Provocations’, intended as polemics on hot-button topics. While claiming to be ‘sharp, intelligent and controversial’, this book falls wide of the mark. It contains a single overarching theme – that businesses can deliver social welfare and that charity cannot – but […]

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    Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future – Book Review

Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future – Book Review

Renewable Energy Finance: Powering the Future. Charles W. Donovan (ed.). Imperial College Press. 2015.

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Climate change stands as one of the most foreboding challenges facing humankind. Renewable energy integration is essential to solving this puzzle, but the deployment of less-mature renewables is hamstrung by many issues – especially financing. Any contribution that can shed additional insight on this […]

November 27th, 2016|Book Review, Joel Krupa|0 Comments|
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    Energy, Capitalism and World Order: Toward a New Agenda in International Political Economy – Book Review

Energy, Capitalism and World Order: Toward a New Agenda in International Political Economy – Book Review

Energy, Capitalism and World Order: Toward a New Agenda in International Political Economy. Tim Di Muzio and Jesse Salah Ovadia (eds). Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.

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Increased global concern about the use of finite natural resources as well as the predominance of climate change discourse have brought about changes in how stakeholder energy is viewed today. With contributors coming from […]

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    The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens – Book Review

The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens – Book Review

The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens. Gabriel Zucman. University of Chicago Press, 2015.

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Tax havens are low-tax jurisdictions that provide individuals and multinational companies with opportunities to escape taxes. They undermine the global market and cause the world’s governments to lose hundreds of billions of dollars every year. Since the financial turmoil of […]

Planetary Gentrification – Book Review

Planetary Gentrification. Loretta Lees, Hyun Bang Shin and Ernesto López-Morales. Polity. 2016.

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With the same three authors, Planetary Gentrification may be seen as a companion to the 2015 volume, Global Gentrifications: Uneven Development and Displacement, giving a more unified discussion of how to join gentrification debates to current urban theory, of moving beyond the ‘usual suspects’ and ‘heartlands’ […]

Metric Power – Book Review

Metric Power. David Beer. Palgrave Macmillan. 2016.  

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My initial reaction to Metric Power was that, for an essay on the challenges of big data, there was remarkably little of it throughout the book. As David Beer shied away from drawn-out case studies, figures and concrete examples, I found myself getting more and more irritated. How could I […]

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    Why Aren’t They Shouting? A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis – Book Review

Why Aren’t They Shouting? A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis – Book Review

Why Aren’t They Shouting? A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis. Kevin Rodgers. Penguin Random House Business. 2016.

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“She has heard about trading floors. She had thought she knew what to expect. There would be excitement. There would be people on two phones simultaneously…”

‘Why aren’t they shouting?’, asks someone from the delegation to Deutsche Bank’s trading […]

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    The Wanda Way: The Managerial Philosophy and Values of One of China’s Largest Companies – Book Review

The Wanda Way: The Managerial Philosophy and Values of One of China’s Largest Companies – Book Review

The Wanda Way: The Managerial Philosophy and Values of One of China’s Largest Companies. Wang Jianlin. LID Publishing. 2016.

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In the extensive literature dealing with capitalist economic agents, it is common to observe the importance given to the figure of the entrepreneur. J.A. Schumpeter addressed the innovative entrepreneur figure and its contribution to economic development, while John Maynard […]

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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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    Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body – Book Review

Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body – Book Review

Sweat Equity: Inside the New Economy of Mind and Body. Jason Kelly. Wiley/Bloomberg Press. 2016.

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How much do you spend each month on getting sweaty? Most of us have some kind of financial relationship to exercise. Maybe your gym membership fee cycles out of your bank account (with or without trips to the treadmill). Perhaps your designer yoga […]

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    Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World – Book Review

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World – Book Review

Redesigning Life: How Genome Editing Will Transform the World. John Parrington. Oxford University Press. 2016.

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Playing God

‘Scientists don’t ask what we should do. Instead we think: what can we do?’  This was the response of a cell biologist when I asked him what he thought of CRISPR/CAS9, the gene editing technique than in just four years has transformed […]

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    Called to Account: How Corporate Bad Behaviour and Government Waste Combine To Cost Us Millions – Book Review

Called to Account: How Corporate Bad Behaviour and Government Waste Combine To Cost Us Millions – Book Review

Called To Account: How Corporate Bad Behaviour and Government Waste Combine to Cost Us Millions. Margaret Hodge. Little, Brown. 2016.

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If ‘sunlight be the best of disinfectants’, then Margaret Hodge dispenses it in abundance in Called To Account: How Corporate Bad Behaviour and Government Waste Combine to Cost Us Millions – an account of her years as chair […]

September 18th, 2016|Book Review, Chris Harmer|0 Comments|
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    A Few Hares to Chase: The Economic Life and Times of Bill Phillips – Book Review

A Few Hares to Chase: The Economic Life and Times of Bill Phillips – Book Review

A Few Hares to Chase: The Economic Life and Times of Bill Phillips. Alan Bollard. Oxford University Press. 2016.

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Professor A.W. (Bill) Phillips was best known for his academic success as a macro-economist. Alan Bollard’s new biography, A Few Hares to Chase: The Economic Life and Times of Bill Phillips, shows that Phillips’s talents spanned far beyond the […]