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.

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    Book Review: The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

Book Review: The Most Sublime Hysteric: Hegel with Lacan by Slavoj Žižek

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 […]

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    Book Review: Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game by Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland

Book Review: Football’s Dark Side: Corruption, Homophobia, Violence and Racism in the Beautiful Game by Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland

In Football’s Dark Side, Ellis Cashmore and Jamie Cleland draw together the views of thousands of football fans on the game they love, but which they know has an unpleasant underside. Steven Harkins writes that the book offers a series of theoretical perspectives on the ‘dark side’ of football which will be of great interest to students of cultural […]

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    Book Review: Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sir Partha Dasgupta, edited by Scott Barrett et al.

Book Review: Environment and Development Economics: Essays in Honour of Sir Partha Dasgupta, edited by Scott Barrett et al.

This volume of twenty essays seeks to honour Sir Partha Dasgupta and the field he helped establish: environment and development economics. With contributions from some of the world’s leading economists, including five recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Stuart Astill writes that the collection will encourage readers to seek out more information on Sir Partha Dasgupta and his […]

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    Book Review: Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey by Ryan Gingeras

Book Review: Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey by Ryan Gingeras

Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey explores the history of organised crime in Turkey and the roles which gangs and gangsters have played in the making of the Turkish state and Turkish politics. James Windle recommends the book to anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the mechanics of transnational policing, drug trafficking, organised crime and national […]

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    Book Review: Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova

Book Review: Virtual Economies: Design and Analysis by Vili Lehdonvirta and Edward Castronova

Virtual Economies provides a comprehensive and thought-provoking view of how economics is much more than its academic definition and how virtual world economies could be a starting point for rethinking the problems of real world economies. Clare Chambers-Jones finds the book to be an excellent and understandable approach to a dynamic and timely topic.

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    Book Review: Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Book Review: Beautiful Game Theory: How Soccer Can Help Economics by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Beautiful Game Theory uses football to test economic theories and document novel human behaviour. Ignacio Palacios-Huerta offers insights into game theory and microeconomics, covering topics such as mixed strategies, discrimination, incentives, and human preferences. Peter Dawson approves of the mix between analytical rigour and stories, and there are many aspects that would interest journalists and policy-makers alike.

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