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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: Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy edited by Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri

Book Review: Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy edited by Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri

In Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy, editors Robert Hutchings and Jeremi Suri focus on a number of diplomatic successes since 1945, arguing that diplomacy not only functions as an adjunct to force, but also as a means of building international networks of cooperation dependent upon necessary compromise and sustainable agreements. This book offers important insights into the intricate […]

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Book Review: Citizenship by Étienne Balibar

Citizenship presents a collection of seven lectures by Étienne Balibar, extending his longstanding engagement with citizenship as a concept that is both inextricably linked to, and in contradiction with, democracy. While the text may occasionally lose sight of its central topic of citizenship, Chris Moreh highlights its ‘affirmative’ agenda in the face of contemporary challenges to democratic politics.

Citizenship. […]

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    Book Review: Eco-Cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies

Book Review: Eco-Cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies

Eco-cities have emerged as a response to the ‘Age of Crisis’ that author Federico Caprotti argues we are living in via his book ‘Eco-Cities and the Transition to Low Carbon Economies’. As Andrew Karvonen writes, Caprotti adopts a study of two well-known projects, Tianjin Eco-City in China and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, to explore the upside of this […]

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    Book Review: Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists by Danny Dorling

Book Review: Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists by Danny Dorling

The revised edition of Danny Dorling’s book Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists provides an analysis of contemporary issues and practices underpinning inequality and a concise interpretation of the main causes of the persistence of injustice in rich countries, together with possible solutions. Gaja Maestri finds that despite touching only marginally on broader scholarly debates, the book remains a […]

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Book Review: Austerity: The Great Failure by Florian Schui

In ‘Austerity: The Great Failure’, Florian Schui assesses the historical roots of austerity and how it has embedded itself as an idea in modern political and economic thinking. Lee Gregory writes that the historical approach pursued in the book provides an insightful and thought provoking analysis.

Austerity: The Great Failure. Florian Schui. Yale University Press. 2015.

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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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    Book Review: Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution

Book Review: Resolving Cyprus: New Approaches to Conflict Resolution

This edited volume presents a range of perspectives on the Cyprus conflict, with thirty leading experts drawing on their research and experience to assess whether a solution can finally be found to the dispute. Nikos Christofis finds the book to be a welcome addition to the literature on the Cyprus Problem which brings together some of the most important […]

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    Book Review: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction

Book Review: Global Democratic Theory: A Critical Introduction

Global Democratic Theory analyses a number of theories related to democracy at different levels of government. Issues of representation of different civil society groups and government accountability are among the main themes. Mehmet Kerem Coban recommends the book, noting that we are all affected by ‘democratic deficits’ at various levels of the policy-making process.

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Book Review: The Relevance of Political Science

This collection engages directly with how political science can achieve wider relevance as a discipline. Matt Wood finds the book to be a must read for any scholar interested in the impact debate. However he also notes that more attention could be spent justifying to society why the theoretical and conceptual work political scientists already do is intimately valuable […]

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Book Review: Muslim Citizens in the West

The integration of Muslim communities into Western societies is a difficult and strained subject, with myth and misunderstanding rife. This new collection, edited by Samina Yasmeen and Nina Marković brings together academic perspectives from Europe, Australia, and Asia. While not agreeing with every word of every contribution, Elaine Housby finds the collection a useful addition to the literature in […]

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June 21st, 2015|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Book Review: German Colonialism in a Global Age

While most studies of European colonialism tend to focus on the British and French empires, German colonialism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries had a significant impact not only on German colonies, but also on German society itself. In this book, a number of scholars assess German colonialism during the Bismarckian and Wilhelmine eras (1871–1918) and how […]

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    Book Review: Kittler Now: Current Perspectives in Kittler Studies

Book Review: Kittler Now: Current Perspectives in Kittler Studies

Friedrich Kittler was one of the world’s most influential, provocative and misunderstood media theorists. His work spans analyses of historical ‘discourse networks’ inspired by French poststructuralism, influential theorisations of new media, through to musings on music and mathematics. Niall Flynn notes how Kittler himself defied familiar understandings of interdisciplinary research and challenged established research models. The best essays in […]

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    Book Review: The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century

Book Review: The Limits of Partnership: US-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century

The Limits of Partnership calls for a fundamental reassessment of the principles and practices that drive US-Russian relations, and offers a path forward to meet the urgent challenges facing both countries. Paul Wingrove appreciated the depth, perception and nuances in the book.

The Limits of Partnership – US – Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century. Angela Stent. Princeton University Press. […]

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    Book Review: The Foreign Policy of Post-Yugoslav States: From Yugoslavia to Europe

Book Review: The Foreign Policy of Post-Yugoslav States: From Yugoslavia to Europe

This collection analyses the main goals, actors, decision-making processes and influences that have shaped the foreign policies of post-Yugoslav states. Sonia J. Wieser writes that the book not only sheds light on the active role post-Yugoslav states have had in the process of European integration, but also raises important questions for the EU and its member states.

The Foreign Policy […]

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