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: British Clandestine Activities in Romania During the Second World War by Dennis Deletant

Book Review: British Clandestine Activities in Romania During the Second World War by Dennis Deletant

In British Clandestine Activities in Romania During the Second World War, Dennis Deletant attends to the relationship between Britain and Romania preceding and during World War II. The book illustrates the international context of the period, while outlining the cultural and diplomatic relations between these two countries. This is a necessary and valuable contribution to the history of Romania that should serve […]

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    Book Review: At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship by Peter J. Spiro

Book Review: At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual Citizenship by Peter J. Spiro

Dual citizenship is a concept that has greatly transformed since the term’s first use in the early 1900s. As misunderstandings nonetheless abound about its legal status and implications,Peter J. Spiro traces the historical emergence of dual citizenship and offers a defence of its value in the twenty-first century in At Home in Two Countries: The Past and Future of Dual […]

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September 11th, 2016|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath edited by James G. Carrier

Book Review: After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath edited by James G. Carrier

In After the Crisis: Anthropological Thought, Neoliberalism and the Aftermath, editor James G. Carrier and contributors reflect on the impact that neoliberalism has had on the state of anthropology today. While Christopher May finds a clear account of the sense of crisis currently gripping the discipline, he argues that greater engagement with the field of critical political economy might have helped […]

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September 4th, 2016|Book Reviews, featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe by Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

Book Review: Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe by Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage

In Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe, authors Kenneth Scheve and David Stasavage seek to expand our historical appreciation of the political economy of taxation and, more specifically, the taxation of the wealthiest in society. Christopher May does not hesitate in recommending this accessible and clearly argued book to those looking […]

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    Book Review: Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia by Nevena Nancheva

Book Review: Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia by Nevena Nancheva

In Between Nationalism and Europeanisation: Narratives of National Identity in Bulgaria and Macedonia, Nevena Nancheva looks at two post-communist Balkan states ‒ Bulgaria and Macedonia ‒ to explore how their narratives of national identity have changed in the context of Europeanisation and EU membership preparations. Although a challenging read at times, this book focuses on two underrepresented states to […]

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    Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics edited by Jon Pierre

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics edited by Jon Pierre

In this new edited volume, The Oxford Handbook of Swedish Politics, Jon Pierre brings together 50 contributors to describe and analyse Sweden’s past and contemporary political and constitutional settlement. Challenging romanticising interpretations of Sweden as an inherent beacon of prosperity and equality, this is a much-needed, well-organised and comprehensive collection that traces the evolution, development and possible twilight of […]

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    Book Review: Power Shift: On the New Global Order by Richard Falk

Book Review: Power Shift: On the New Global Order by Richard Falk

In Power Shift: On the New Global Order, Richard Falk examines the challenges and changes to global politics since the end of the Cold War, covering issues including the rise of drone warfare, climate change and the growing significance of non-state actors. He focuses particularly on the key role that US militarism has played in engendering many of these […]

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Book Review: Strangers at our Door by Zygmunt Bauman

In this new short book, Strangers at our Door, Zygmunt Bauman examines the origins, contours and impact of the present-day moral panic around the ‘migration crisis’ in Europe. He explores the fear generated by political campaigns, arguing that this ‘crisis of humanity’ instead requires a ‘fusion of horizons’ through dialogue. While Nicolas Schneider suggests that a more systematic and detailed analysis of […]

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    Book Review: Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation by José Javier Olivas Osuna

Book Review: Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation by José Javier Olivas Osuna

In Iberian Military Politics: Controlling the Armed Forces During Dictatorship and Democratisation, José Javier Olivas Osuna traces the divergent trajectories of civil-military relations in Portugal and Spain from the 1930s to the 1980s. This book offers a convincing challenge to the idea of a shared Iberian pathway through dictatorship and democratisation, finds Alejandro Quiroga.
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    Book Review: Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances

Book Review: Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances

Solidarity Without Borders: Gramscian Perspectives on Migration and Civil Society Alliances, a contribution to the ‘Reading Gramsci’ series, draws upon Gramscian theories to help understand processes of solidarity-building between civil society and various migrant groups across Europe. Rana Sukarieh welcomes this book, edited by Óscar García Agustínand Martin Bak Jørgensen, for demonstrating the continued relevance of Gramci’s theories for considering coalitions […]

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July 3rd, 2016|Book Reviews|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization by Branko Milanovic

Book Review: Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization by Branko Milanovic

In Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization, Branko Milanovic offers a new account of the dynamics that are driving inequality on a global scale. Although left slightly frustrated by its abrupt end, Duncan Green praises this brilliant and thought-provoking book for its political curiosity and insight and, more particularly, for its reflections on the possible trajectory of […]

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June 12th, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: The Truth About Inflation by Paul Donovan

In his book, The Truth About Inflation, global economist and managing director at UBS Investment Bank, Paul Donovan, gives global investors of all abilities the tools to understand inflation and how they can protect their portfolios against its risks. The book challenges lingering myths and misperceptions surrounding inflation, helping readers to better grasp what it actually is and what it […]

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    Book Review: Which European Union? Europe after the Euro Crisis by Sergio Fabbrini

Book Review: Which European Union? Europe after the Euro Crisis by Sergio Fabbrini

In Which European Union? Europe After the Euro Crisis, Sergio Fabbrini argues that the European Union (EU) is comprised of states pursuing different aims and with divergent visions as to the purpose of the EU. He therefore suggests that the future of the EU lies in formalising different ‘depths’ or levels of integration amongst its member states. Though readers may question […]

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Book Review: A Theory of the Drone by Grégoire Chamayou

In A Theory of the Drone, French philosopher Grégoire Chamayou seeks to comprehend how drones have revolutionised contemporary warfare and to deconstruct the various narratives at the heart of what has become a conceptual and legal dilemma. Chamayou masterfully dissects and helps elucidate much of the twisted logic behind the justification of drones as well as their revolutionary impact on […]

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    Book Review: Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy by Andrea Mammone

Book Review: Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy by Andrea Mammone

In Transnational Neofascism in France and Italy, Andrea Mammone details the establishment and evolution of transnational networks of the extreme right in France and Italy from 1945 to the present day. The book addresses a number of key topics, including decolonisation and the events of 1968, whilst also emphasising the importance of the exchange of ideas, personnel and strategies across […]

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    Book Review: The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis by Aaron Schuster

Book Review: The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis by Aaron Schuster

In The Trouble with Pleasure: Deleuze and Psychoanalysis, Aaron Schuster explores Gilles Deleuze’s complex relationship with psychoanalysis, in particular Lacanian theory, in order to ‘short circuit’ contemporary understandings of desire and pleasure. Traversing topics such as pessimism, complaint, the pleasure principle, the death drive, lethargy and schizophrenia, this is a rich and thorough study of the psychoanalytic history of […]

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    Book Review: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s by Catherine Baker

Book Review: The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s by Catherine Baker

In The Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s, Catherine Baker provides an up-to-date account of the varied interpretations of the origins, causes and consequences of the conflicts. In inviting readers to reconsider a number of assumptions regarding the Yugoslav Wars and indicating where further research is required, this book is an excellent overview that adeptly traverses a wide range of topics, […]

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    Book Review: Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life by Allen Meek

Book Review: Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life by Allen Meek

In Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life, Allen Meek examines the development of media through a biopolitical lens, arguing that the circulation of imagery since the 1840s is implicated in the systematic cataloguing of human life, the increasingly mechanised mass slaughter of animals and humans and biological conceptions of life and death. Ruth Garland finds that while this complex and […]

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    Book Review: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

Book Review: Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa

In Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands, Richard Sakwa examines the contemporary crisis in Ukraine centred on the disputed territory of Crimea and the eastern regions. Sakwa traces the origins, developments and significance of the conflict from the Euromaidan protests up until the parliamentary elections of October 2014. While Paul Wingrove advises that readers exercise caution and their own judgment […]

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    Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Book Review: In Search of the Perfect Health System by Mark Britnell

Mark Britnell is one of the UK’s most knowledgeable health management professionals, with boundless enthusiasm for healthcare and a mission to encourage countries to collaborate for the benefit of patients and citizens in general. In Search of the Perfect Health System is a series of essays based on his observation of health systems around the world, from which he […]

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