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.
Book Review: Models of Democracy in Nordic and Baltic Europe: political institutions and discourse, edited by Nicholas Aylott
In this book, contributors aim to explore the possibility that some of the apparently successful institutional features of Nordic politics have influenced politics in the Baltic states, despite the considerable contextual differences between the two groups of countries. Harry Evans writes that given the lack of material on the adoption of the Nordic model in other countries, the book offers […]
In this book, Nikki van der Gaag asks how feminism might improve the lives of men as well as women. Andria Christofidou writes that the book is a good starting point for anyone looking to get an overview of men’s involvement in feminist movements, and that more generally it will be useful for those with an interest in issues […]
In ‘State of Crisis’, Zygmunt Bauman and Carlo Bordoni argue that the current crisis facing Western societies is rooted in a profound series of transformations that stretch back further in time than the financial crash of 2007-8. Peter Lee writes that the book provides an original and at times provocative lens through which current political crises can be viewed, […]
Book Review: Islamist Parties and Political Normalization in the Muslim World by Quinn Mecham and Julie Chernov Hwang
Since 2000, numerous countries around the world have held elections in which parties that espouse a political agenda based on an Islamic worldview have competed for legislative seats. This book aims to examine the impact these parties have had on the political process in two different areas of the world with large Muslim populations: the Middle East and Asia. […]
In ‘What’s Wrong with the WTO and How to Fix it’, Rorden Wilkinson outlines a model for reshaping the World Trade Organisation into an entity capable of producing more equitable outcomes for the developing world. Elaine Kellman writes that the book presents a thought-provoking discussion and recommends it to anyone with an interest in global trade and international relations.
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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 […]