Book Reviews

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 End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years

Book Review: The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years

Corey Abramson’s book, The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years, takes readers on a journey through geriatric inequality to illustrate how the supposed golden years of retirement remain an illusion for many individuals. Michael Warren writes that the book offers an admirable attempt to assess a key question, namely how the provision of services for the elderly […]

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August 23rd, 2015|Book Reviews|1 Comment|

Book Review: Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland

‘Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland’ sets out to explore gender, sex and sexuality using new data to explore stories that have yet to be told, and to add to our understanding of who and what makes up Irish society. Muireann O’Dwyer writes that the book is not a comprehensive overview of the role and experience of sexual politics in […]

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August 16th, 2015|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: The Lure of Technocracy by Jürgen Habermas

In his latest offering, The Lure of Technocracy, Jürgen Habermas argues for Europe to continue working toward a closer political union based upon a discourse-theoretical model of politics. Elizabeth Folan O’Connor writes that this model can help the continent reach a place where all the nations of Europe stand alongside each other as equals in a democratically legitimate political […]

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    Book Review: Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: Organisation, Communication and Ideology

Book Review: Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: Organisation, Communication and Ideology

In ‘Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement: Organisation, Communication and Ideology’ the contributors cast a critical view over the history and development of the Five Star Movement – from its origins as a small protest movement to its present status as a major political player in Italy. Kally Zarali finds the book provides extensive answers to questions concerning the Five […]

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    Book Review: The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition

Book Review: The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition

Founded on the principle that neoliberalism has sought to disenchant politics by replacing it with economics, this book asks to what extent economics can provide government with legitimacy. Taras Fedirko finds the book offers a poignant analysis, but that it is less clear on the reasons why neoliberal thinking has managed to win ground in the first place.

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    Book Review: Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead Through Brussels?

Book Review: Career Behaviour and the European Parliament: All Roads Lead Through Brussels?

Career Behaviour and the European Parliament aims to provide a single theoretical framework that can predict under which circumstances an MEP will behave in their career choices: whether they will use the European Parliament as a temporary springboard for a position at the national level, or consider the EP as a long-term career setting. Sara Reis finds the book to […]

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