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: Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-being in the World by Paul Stoller

Book Review: Yaya’s Story: The Quest for Well-being in the World by Paul Stoller

Combining memoir, ethnography, and philosophy through a series of interconnected narratives, Paul Stoller aims to tell a story of remarkable friendship and the quest for well-being. Whether interested in a study of well-being, of transnational African traders, of spirit possession, of anthropology, or simply of the friendship of two very different men, Yaya’s Story is a book offering much to a wide […]

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    Book Review: Monetary Policy Operations and the Financial System by Ulrich Bindseil

Book Review: Monetary Policy Operations and the Financial System by Ulrich Bindseil

Monetary Policy Operations and the Financial System will not definitively prevent future financial crises, but it will ensure that society better understands what must be done to minimize their effects, writes Henry Piaskowski.

This review was originally published on the LSE Review of Books.

Monetary Policy Operations and the Financial System. Ulrich Bindseil. Oxford University Press. 2014.

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    Book Revew: Islamic Movements of Europe: Public Religion and Islamophobia in the Modern World, edited by Frank Peter and Rafael Ortega

Book Revew: Islamic Movements of Europe: Public Religion and Islamophobia in the Modern World, edited by Frank Peter and Rafael Ortega

This collection presents a comprehensive guide to Islamic movements in Europe, aiming to offer original, definitive perspectives on Muslims and Islam in Europe today. Louise Pears finds this essential reading for policy makers and academics alike who are concerned with Islamism, and indeed those who aim to tackle the Islamophobia that has produced conventional understandings of Islamism as threat.

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    Book Review: British Pirates and Society 1680-1730 by Margarette Lincoln

Book Review: British Pirates and Society 1680-1730 by Margarette Lincoln

British Pirates and Society 1680-1730 is a captivating and meticulously researched work of social history, which brings to life varied perspectives of the time, writes Marion Koob.

This review was originally published on the LSE Review of Books.

British Pirates and Society 1680-1730. Margarette Lincoln. Ashgate. 2014.

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In the period 1680-1730, almost 5,000 pirates roved the sea at any given time […]

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    Book Review: Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration by Rebecca Adler-Nissen

Book Review: Opting Out of the European Union: Diplomacy, Sovereignty and European Integration by Rebecca Adler-Nissen

Developing a political sociology of European integration, Rebecca Adler-Nissen aims to show how everyday negotiations transform national interests into European ideals. This is a well-paced and useful read for EU scholars who wish to further examine the opt-out issue, finds Amani El Sehrawey.

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    Book Review: First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? Second Edition, edited by Graham Riches and Tiina Silvasti

Book Review: First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? Second Edition, edited by Graham Riches and Tiina Silvasti

Steven Harkins finds that this book is a useful resource for students of both the practical challenges posed by food poverty and also the philosophical questions that the issue raises: do people have a right to food in wealthy food-secure countries?

This review was originally published on the LSE Review of Books.

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    Book Review: NYE: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds

Book Review: NYE: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds

The picture of Aneurin Bevan which emerges from Nicklaus Thomas Symonds’ book is of a figure who was changeable, emotional, and often far from perfect, but at times a political force of nature, writes Calum White. Unquestionably the best biography yet.

This review was originally published on the LSE Review of Books.

NYE: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan. Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds. I.B. Tauris. 2014.

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    Book Review: Sharing Our Lives Online: Risks and Exposure in Social Media by David R. Brake

Book Review: Sharing Our Lives Online: Risks and Exposure in Social Media by David R. Brake

The growth of social media sees us heading towards a radically open society. David R. Brake aims to provide an overview of the harms that can be posed by unwary social media use for both adults and children. He then draws on in-depth interviews, and a range of related theories of human behaviour to consider why this happens. This […]

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