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 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.

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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    UK newspaper misleads public about impacts of climate change on the Arctic

UK newspaper misleads public about impacts of climate change on the Arctic

New figures for this year’s reduction in Arctic sea ice extent have exposed the major errors in an article by The Mail on Sunday. In this article, Bob Ward takes to task the newspaper and the Press regulator for failing to uphold the public interest.

President Obama is this week visiting Alaska to highlight climate change, not least because the […]

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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. Through a study of two well-known projects, Tianjin Eco-City in China and Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, Caprotti explores the upside of this new urban design, writes Andrew Karvonen, but also […]

Book Review: Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts

This book introduces the term ‘artwashing’, which is the process by which oil companies seek to clean up their reputations by using public arts sponsorships at major museums to garner a better reputation among circles of influence. In Artwash: Big Oil and the Arts, the author focuses on the relationship between BP and the Tate galleries in the UK, which reviewer Travis Roach finds […]

Book Review: Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland

This edited volume is not a comprehensive overview of the role and experience of sexual politics in modern Ireland, but rather a diverse range of topics that explores the gaps in gender studies within Irish history, writes Muireann O’Dwyer. Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland sets out to explore gender, sex and sexuality using new data to explore stories that have yet to be […]

Book Review: Masters of the Universe, Slaves of the Market

Offering an alternative account of the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, Masters of the Universe, Slaves of the Market analyses how bankers and state elites interacted within an institutional framework they themselves created, but which then enslaved and ultimately overwhelmed them. Using tools of political science and behavioural finance theory, Nicholas Thomason finds this to be an excellent addition to the existing literature.

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    Book Review: Five Year Mission: The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband

Book Review: Five Year Mission: The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband

Five Year Mission: The Labour Party Under Ed Miliband provides a detailed, insightful and at times riveting account of Ed Miliband’s failed attempt to revive Labour’s electoral fortunes following the 2010 electoral defeat and the demise of New Labour. Eunice Goes considers this essential reading to understand Miliband’s failures that ultimately cost him his job in the recent 2015 general election.

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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

Central to the book is the problem of ‘critical capacities’ of neoliberalism. The author asks: What is the relation between economic rationality and political authority? On what grounds does a neoliberal state legitimate its authority, given that neoliberal critique erodes substantive political basis for justification? Taras Fedirko finds this book offers poignant analysis, but is less clear as for why neoliberal […]

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    Book Review: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics

Book Review: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics

Reviewer Adam Oliver finds that Richard Thaler’s new book, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics, covers the core concepts of behavioural economics, but finds that this book is more a ‘personal intellectual history, supplemented by stories, anecdotes and occasional reposts to past combatants’ that misses two important issues ‘relating to suggestions for the future development of behavioural economics’.

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics. Richard […]

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