In this section of the blog you can read reviews of all the latest books relevant to British politics and policy. Each Sunday we publish two reviews, originating from the LSE Review of Books, aiming to cover a wide range of academic and non-academic books on all aspects of public policy and politics. Whether you’re interested in Benjamin Disraeli’s influence on David Cameron’s policies, the inside story of the Miliband Labour leadership battle, or the history of women in British politics since the 1700s, you’re sure to find all the essential information on these pages. Scroll down to browse the archive.

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    Book Review: Political Bubbles: Financial crises and the failure of American democracy by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal

Book Review: Political Bubbles: Financial crises and the failure of American democracy by Nolan McCarty, Keith T. Poole and Howard Rosenthal

Political Bubbles is very enjoyable, insightful, and challenging, writes Declan Jordan. It addresses a remarkably under-analysed aspect of the financial crisis and the interface generally between politics and economics. Some of the political failures that came to the fore for the financial crises are just as likely to hinder political approaches to important problems, including poverty, inequality, and climate change. […]

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    Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman

Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman

The United Nations was established to safeguard world peace and security, development, and human rights, yet it is undeniable that it sometimes fails to protect the rights of a great many people. This book aims to look at the reasons for that failure. Rosa Freedman offers explanations of how and why the organisation is unable, at best, or unwilling, at […]

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    Book Review: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration by Roger Liddle

Book Review: The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU Integration by Roger Liddle

What is Britain’s future in Europe? What future should Britain want for the EU? Roger Liddle’s book provides valuable commentary on a topic that is highly salient in Britain and could radically change the trajectory of the country on multiple levels, writes Amani El Sehrawey.

This review appeared originally on the LSE Review of Books.

The Europe Dilemma: Britain and the Drama of EU […]

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    Book Review: Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times by Daniel Cohen

Book Review: Homo Economicus: The (Lost) Prophet of Modern Times by Daniel Cohen

In this new book, economist Daniel Cohen looks to trace our current malaise back to the rise of homo economicus: for the last 200 years, the modern world has defined happiness in terms of material gain. Homo economicus has cast aside its rivals, homo ethicus and homo empathicus, and spread its neo–Darwinian logic far and wide. Drawing on a rich […]

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    Book Review: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

Book Review: The Muslims Are Coming! Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani

The Muslims Are Coming! contains a wealth of research into and analysis of particular cases of counter terrorist activity and interventions which can challenge the established orthodoxies prevailing on both sides of the Atlantic. Naaz Rashid finds that Arun Kundnani’s work should be required reading for officials and Ministers in the Home Office, Department of Communities & Local Government, the Department of Education, […]

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    Book Review: British General Elections since 1964: Diversity, Dealignment and Disillusion by David Denver and Mark Garnett

Book Review: British General Elections since 1964: Diversity, Dealignment and Disillusion by David Denver and Mark Garnett

This book reviews the history of British general elections since 1964, charting the changes in voters and parties at every step. In parallel, it shows how electoral analysts have responded to these developments. This enjoyable read is evidence that despite all the pressure for publications that will rate highly in the REF and have impact on the national economy […]

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    Book Review: Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife by Raiford Guins

Book Review: Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife by Raiford Guins

In Game After, Raiford Guins looks closely at video games as museum objects, engaging with curatorial and archival practices across a range of cultural institutions. Chapters cover museums dedicated to the medium, the vast landfills that housed unwanted video games, and the popularity of vintage game superstores. Alison Gazzard finds that the author’s multi-disciplinary approach to studying the after life of games makes […]

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    Book Review: Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy by Stephen D’Arcy

Book Review: Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy by Stephen D’Arcy

Since 2011 swathes of protest, rebellion, and rioting have covered the globe. Challenging us to consider arson attacks against empty buildings, Black Bloc streetfighting tactics and industrial sabotage, amongst an array of other militant action, Stephen D’Arcy aims to show a crucial contrast between democratic and undemocratic action, rather than violence and non-violence. Carl J. Griffin is looking forward to using parts of […]

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