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: Policy Alienation and the Power of Professionals: Confronting New Policies by Lars Tummers
Why do public professionals resist policy changes? In this book Lars Tummers argues that we can use the concept of policy alienation – a “general cognitive state of psychological disconnection from a policy” that professionals can feel – to understand why. Case studies cover the implementation of new health policies in the Netherlands and discuss the factors that influence […]
We all know the BRIC countries, but what about the MINTs? In this book economist Jim O’Neill considers the potential for Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey to account collectively for around 10 per cent of world GDP by 2050. Richard Jones writes that the changes described in this book are game changers: not only will they affect the lives […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]