In this section you can read reviews of academic books covering Europe and the European neighbourhood. Each weekend we publish two reviews, aiming to cover a wide range of books on all aspects of public policy and politics.
This book aims to examine the European Union’s response to the Arab spring from late 2010 to the beginning of 2014. Through 12 chapters, Richard Youngs seeks to assess the extent to which the EU changed its policies toward countries like Tunisia and Syria during the course of events. Inez von Weitershausen finds the book empirically rich, but recommends […]
In her latest book, Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, assesses the role of ‘deregulated capitalism’ in climate change. Sarah Lester finds that despite the stark problems described in the book, Klein offers a glimmer of hope that climate justice movements and social mobilisation can offer an alternative future.
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The […]
In this book, Mats Braun aims to offer an up-to-date account of how post-communist member states have handled policy initiatives in the field of environmental policy after accession. Case studies on Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania explore whether social norms and the process of socialisation can help us understand why the track record of new member states […]
Book Review: Europe on the Brink: Debt Crisis and Dissent in the European Periphery edited by Tony Phillips
Europe on the Brink brings together a selection of seven important voices in a discussion of the biggest economic issues currently facing Europe. Adrián Cosentino writes that with essays from figures such as Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, the book will be of interest in particular to students of European politics and economics.
Europe on the Brink: Debt Crisis and Dissent […]
Book Review: When Greeks and Turks Meet: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Relationship Since 1923, edited by Vally Lytra
When Greeks and Turks Meet attempts to demonstrate how the nationalist view of relations between the two peoples is a distinctly modern one that neglects a long history of coexistence. William Eichler finds the book an important text that will be useful to students with an interest in Turkey and Greece, as well as to those interested in the […]
Available in English for the first time, this publication from Slavoj Žižek represents a re-worked version of one of his earliest works. Jodie Matthews writes that while it is hard to place this book among his recent works, the purpose of publishing it may be to emphasise that the Žižek of the 1980s was already then the one we have come […]