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: Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life by Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings

Book Review: Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life by Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings

Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings’ book maps the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin from beginning to end, tracing the roots of his thought all the way from his early childhood to his seminal work as part of the esteemed ‘Frankfurt School’, and ultimately to his last months in Paris. Luke McDonagh finds the biography to be very well […]

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Book Review: Gender and Global Justice by Alison M. Jaggar

Alison Jaggar aims to bring gender to the centre of philosophical debates about global justice with this recent collection of essays. Chapters cover geographies of gender and migration, taxation and global justice, and sexual violence in an international context, amongst other issues central to our understanding of what justice means today. Clara Fischer writes that although Gender and Global […]

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    Book Review: When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military, edited by Andrea Ellner et al.

Book Review: When Soldiers Say No: Selective Conscientious Objection in the Modern Military, edited by Andrea Ellner et al.

When Soldiers Say No brings together arguments for and against selective conscientious objection, as well as case studies examining how different countries deal with those who claim the status of selective conscientious objectors. Gary Wilson writes that this collection adds considerably to the literature by bringing together a range of perspectives on the merits of selective conscientious objection, as […]

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    Book Review: From Deliberation to Demonstration: Political Rallies in France, 1869-1939 by Paula Cossart

Book Review: From Deliberation to Demonstration: Political Rallies in France, 1869-1939 by Paula Cossart

This book considers the transformation of political rallies in France from the last years of the Second Empire until the end of the Third Republic. Originally designed by Republicans as a tool of citizenship learning and formation of political opinion through open debate, rallies gradually became a stage dedicated to the show of force, at the initiative of various […]

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    Book Review: Growing into Politics: Contexts and Timing of Political Socialisation, edited by Simone Abendschӧn

Book Review: Growing into Politics: Contexts and Timing of Political Socialisation, edited by Simone Abendschӧn

This book presents up-to-date empirical research on crucial questions of political socialisation. The volume maintains that political socialisation is not a universal or independent phenomenon, but one significantly shaped by the surrounding parameters of the society in which it is embedded. Alex Hensby writes that Simone Abendschӧn has assembled a strong collection that should ideally encourage aspiring PhD candidates in politics, […]

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    Book Review: Risk: A Study of its Origins, History and Politics by Matthias Beck and Beth Kewell

Book Review: Risk: A Study of its Origins, History and Politics by Matthias Beck and Beth Kewell

Over a period of several centuries, the academic study of risk has evolved as a distinct body of thought, which continues to influence conceptual developments in fields such as economics, management, politics and sociology. Risk: A Study of its Origins, History and Politics aims to provide a detailed study of key turning points in the evolution of society’s understanding of risk. Matthias […]

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