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: 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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    Book Review: Social Policies and Social Control: New perspectives on the “Not-so-Big Society” edited by Malcolm Harrison & Teela Sanders

Book Review: Social Policies and Social Control: New perspectives on the “Not-so-Big Society” edited by Malcolm Harrison & Teela Sanders

This collection seeks to provide an innovative account of social control and behaviourism within welfare systems and social policies, and the implications for disadvantaged groups. The authors consider the controls, assumptions and persuasions applied to individuals and households and explore broader themes, including how ‘new behaviourism’ was consolidated during the New Labour and Cameron periods in the UK. Lee […]

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    Book Review: How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, edited by James McGann, Jillian Rafferty, and Anna Viden

Book Review: How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies, edited by James McGann, Jillian Rafferty, and Anna Viden

Across the globe, there are more than four thousand policy institutes or think tanks that research or advocate for economic and social development. Yet the relationship between these organisations and the policies they influence is not well understood. How Think Tanks Shape Social Development Policies examines case studies drawn from a range of political and economic systems worldwide to […]

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Book Review: The Politics of Dissent: A Biography of E D Morel by Donald Mitchell

Reformer, rebel, political activist; amongst his many achievements E D Morel directed the first great humanitarian campaign of the 20th Century which brought King Leopold II of Belgium’s regime in the Congo to an end. Elaine Kellman recommends this biography to those interested in history, politics and international relations, as well as more specifically the history of the Congo, […]

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