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: Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times by Daniel Cohen

Book Review: Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times by Daniel Cohen

In this book, economist Daniel Cohen looks to trace our current malaise back to the rise of homo economicus: the notion that for the last 200 years, the modern world has defined happiness in terms of material gain. Drawing on a rich array of examples, Cohen explores the new digital and genetic revolutions and examines the limitations of homo […]

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    Book Review: Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government by Joshua Kurlantzick

Book Review: Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government by Joshua Kurlantzick

In this study of democratisation, Joshua Kurlantzick proposes that the spate of retreating democracies, one after another over the past two decades, is not just a series of exceptions, but instead reflects democracy in worldwide decline. Muireann O’Dwyer finds the book offers a convincing rebuke to the notion that the march of democracy is inevitable.

Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt […]

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    Book Review: Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology edited by Mark Carrigan et al.

Book Review: Asexuality and Sexual Normativity: An Anthology edited by Mark Carrigan et al.

The last decade has seen the emergence of an increasingly politically active asexual community, united around a common identity as ‘people who do not experience sexual attraction’. This collection covers the emergence of the concept of ‘normal’ sexuality in the late eighteenth-century, early-twentieth-century public sex education campaigns, and how asexuality is different from hypoactive sexual desire disorder. Iro Filippaki […]

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    Book Review: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration by Roger Liddle

Book Review: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration by Roger Liddle

What is Britain’s future in Europe? What future should Britain want for the EU? Roger Liddle’s book provides valuable commentary on a topic that is highly salient in Britain and could radically change the trajectory of the country on multiple levels, writes Amani El Sehrawey.

The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration. Roger Liddle. I.B. Tauris. February […]

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    Book Review: The Press and Popular Culture in Interwar Europe edited by Sarah Newman and Matt Houlbrook

Book Review: The Press and Popular Culture in Interwar Europe edited by Sarah Newman and Matt Houlbrook

This collection aims to show the importance of a comparative European framework for understanding developments in the popular press and journalism between the wars. Challenging the tendency of histories of the press to foreground processes of ‘Americanisation’ and the displacement of older notions of the ‘fourth estate’ by new forms of human interest journalism, the chapters seek to draw […]

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    Book Review: Judging Europe’s Judges: The Legitimacy of the Case Law of the European Court of Justice edited by Maurice Adams et al.

Book Review: Judging Europe’s Judges: The Legitimacy of the Case Law of the European Court of Justice edited by Maurice Adams et al.

The aims of this volume are to study the new era in which the European Court of Justice finds itself, following successive waves of EU enlargement. Through eight chapters, Maurice Adams and contributors consider the general principles of EU law, external relations, the internal market, and Union citizenship. Jan Komárek is somewhat disappointed by the short-sighted character of the […]

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