Book Reviews

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 a review 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.

If you’d like to read more reviews of academic titles from across the social sciences, visit our sister blog, the LSE Review of Books. And if you’re interested in writing a review for the blog or if you would like to see your book reviewed here, please contact our our book reviews editor Amy Mollett at lsereviewofbooks@lse.ac.uk.

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    Book Review: Unequal Britain at Work edited by Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie and Francis Green

Book Review: Unequal Britain at Work edited by Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie and Francis Green

In Unequal Britain at Work, Alan Felstead, Duncan Gallie and Francis Green examine inequalities in job quality in Britain. The authors look beyond income to explore wider changes to working lives, drawing on data procured through six national Skills and Employment Surveys that asked individuals about their jobs between 1986 and 2012. Dan McArthurwelcomes this book for its detailed and […]

February 7th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured|1 Comment|
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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 […]

January 31st, 2016|Book Reviews|0 Comments|

Reading List: 10 Must-Read Books on Gender in the Workplace

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This week at LSE, Anne-Marie Slaughter discussed her new book, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family. This book seeks to challenge the assumption that professional life and care-giving are antithetical, arguing that this has served to maintain longstanding gender imbalances in the realm of work. To mark the occasion, LSE Review of Books recommends […]

January 28th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Going to War in Iraq: When Citizens and the Press Matter by Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy and George E. Marcus

Book Review: Going to War in Iraq: When Citizens and the Press Matter by Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy and George E. Marcus

In Going to War in Iraq: When Citizens and the Press Matter, Stanley Feldman, Leonie Huddy and George E. Marcus seek to challenge the existing rhetoric surrounding the Iraq war by examining the relationship between the US press and the public in the build-up to the invasion. Although their arguments are not necessarily ground-breaking, Laura Brechlin nonetheless welcomes the […]

January 24th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council by Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger, Raymond Boyle and Lisa W. Kelly

Book Review: The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council by Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger, Raymond Boyle and Lisa W. Kelly

In The Rise and Fall of the UK Film Council, Gillian Doyle, Philip Schlesinger, Raymond Boyle and Lisa W. Kelly explore the shifting importance given to film policy in Britain by focusing on the establishment of the UK Film Council under the Labour government that came to power in 1997. This organisational study gives a cogent and lucid account […]

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    Book Review: Contentious Politics by Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow

Book Review: Contentious Politics by Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow

In the second edition of Contentious Politics, Charles Tilly and Sidney Tarrow explore various forms of political contention through a number of case studies including those on the Occupy movement, revolutions in the Middle East and the campaign for free and fair elections in Hong Kong. Sophie Long praises this volume for the utility of its conceptual framework, which underscores the crucial role that […]

January 10th, 2016|Book Reviews, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics by Simon Parker

Book Review: Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics by Simon Parker

In Taking Power Back: Putting People in Charge of Politics, Simon Parker argues for urgent reform of the UK’s centralised democracy. Tony Travers welcomes this book as a well-researched account that both outlines the historical decline of local government in the UK and proposes innovations through which citizens can gain more direct control over their own lives. However, public […]

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    Book Review: Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason

Book Review: Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason

In Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future, Paul Mason outlines the emergence of a new economic paradigm – postcapitalism – partly instigated by rapid developments in information technologies. For Mason, technological innovation fosters myriad changes that can challenge the traditional categories of classical economics to instead offer the possibility of forging a more socially just and sustainable economy. While […]

December 20th, 2015|Book Reviews|0 Comments|
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