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    Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation – Book Review

Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation – Book Review

Why the UK Voted for Brexit: David Cameron’s Great Miscalculation. Andrew Glencross. Palgrave Pivot. 2016.

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The UK vote to leave the European Union in the 23 June 2016 referendum was one of the most consequentially significant political events of recent decades. An array of writings reflecting on the possible causes of the referendum’s outcome have appeared since the […]

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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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    Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: 15 Contentious Questions – Book Review

Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: 15 Contentious Questions – Book Review

Fact and Fiction in Global Energy Policy: 15 Contentious Questions. Benjamin J. Sovacool, Marilyn A. Brown and Scott V. Valentine. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2016.

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Global energy policy has become the focus of intense public debate and contention. For much of the twentieth century, energy policy was primarily about how to secure a steady supply, most of it […]

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    The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream – Book Review

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream – Book Review

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream. Tyler Cowen. St. Martin’s Press. 2017.

The end of America’s complacency 

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Politically speaking, 2016 was dramatic – and 2017 promises to be even more so. Yet, Americans are living in a world of historically unprecedented stability and calm. Fewer people move for jobs, and those who have jobs tend […]

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    The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureaucracy in the Age of Social Media – Book Review

The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureaucracy in the Age of Social Media – Book Review

The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureaucracy in the Age of Social Media. Catherine J. Turco. Columbia University Press. 2016.

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‘Empowered workforce’, ‘flat organisation structures’: we’ve all heard the empty buzzwords and latest fads to improve office productivity. When new initiatives are implemented there is often little change at the coalface for employees and minimal rewards to a company’s bottom […]

LSE Lit Fest 2017: Platform Capitalism

Platform Capitalism. Nick Srnicek. Polity. 2016. 
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Capitalism, when a crisis hits, tends to be restructured. New technologies, new organisational forms, new modes of exploitation, new types of jobs and new markets all emerge to create a new way of accumulating capital. Since the 2008 crisis, the dominant narrative in advanced capitalist countries has been one of change. In […]

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    Performing Politics: Media Interviews, Debates and Press Conferences – Book Review

Performing Politics: Media Interviews, Debates and Press Conferences – Book Review

Performing Politics: Media Interviews, Debates and Press Conferences. Geoffrey Craig. Polity. 2016.

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Media – electronic and print as well as social – plays a major role in contemporary politics, not just in ‘orchestrating’ but also in shaping public and political discourse. It has radically altered the ways politicians interact and communicate with the public, and also how the […]

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    Risk, Power and Inequality in the 21st Century – Book Review

Risk, Power and Inequality in the 21st Century – Book Review

Risk, Power and Inequality in the 21st Century. Dean Curran. Palgrave MacMillan. 2016.

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For those lacking familiarity, possibly the most prolific social theoriser of the concept of risk was Ulrich Beck, who passed away in 2015. Dean Curran’s work, Risk, Power and Inequality in the 21st Century, ultimately aims to take Beck’s concept of ‘risk society’ and rework it – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’ […]