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: 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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September 21st, 2014|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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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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September 8th, 2014|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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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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Book Review: Antipolitics in Central European Art by Klara Kemp-Welch

Spanning a period punctuated by landmark events, from the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 to the birth of the Polish Solidarity movement in 1980, Antipolitics in Central European Art aims to anchor art analysis within a robust historical framework. Jim Aulich is impressed by Klara Kemp-Welch’s articulation of how small groups of artists and their audiences openly […]

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Book Review: Money and Electoral Politics: Local Parties and Funding in General Elections by Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie

After scandals around expenses, donations and lobbying, money has become a dirty word in British politics. In Money and Electoral Politics, Ron Johnston and Charles Pattie present a different view, exploring how money is used by candidates and parties at elections to help engage voters. Highly original and informative analysis follows, finds Richard Berry.

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