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: The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad

Book Review: The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad

In The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights, Liav Orgad directly addresses the notion of ‘majority rights’ through the prism of liberal theory. He explores the parameters of claims made on behalf of ‘majority groups’, with particular attention paid to the capacity of liberal states to restrict immigration. Daniel Falkiner finds this a timely, provocative and […]

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    Book Review: Uninformed: Why People Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It by Arthur Lupia

Book Review: Uninformed: Why People Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It by Arthur Lupia

Are citizens fundamentally uninformed – or even misinformed – when it comes to questions of politics and government? In Uninformed: Why People Knows So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It, Arthur Lupia tackles the issue of political ignorance by arguing that rather than simply seeking to provide greater information to the public on political issues, the […]

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    Book Review: Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers

Book Review: Is Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers

In Decentralization Good for Development? Perspectives from Academics and Policy Makers, editors Jean-Paul Faguet and Caroline Pöschl offer an exhaustive account of the positive and negative outcomes of decentralisation policies with insights drawn from both academics and practitioners who have implemented reform in government and international organisations. This dual approach does not offer one clear-cut answer or academic consensus on the relationship between decentralisation and […]

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    Book Review: Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism

Book Review: Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism

In Religion, Gender and Citizenship: Women of Faith, Gender Equality and Feminism,  Line Nyhagen and Beatrice Halsaa explore lived experiences of faith through interviews with Christian and Muslim women in Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom. Haje Keli welcomes this book as a vital intervention that does an excellent job of demonstrating how women of faith negotiate citizenship, belonging, religion, gender equality and feminism in their […]

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    Book Review: Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership

Book Review: Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership

In new edited collection Migration in Political Theory: The Ethics of Movement and Membership, Sarah Fine and Lea Ypi bring together essays from well-known political and legal theorists examining pressing questions including the legitimacy of border controls and the human right to freedom of movement. This book constitutes an excellent introduction to the ethics of migration and offers some novel contributions […]

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    How the Occupy movement may have facilitated political change

How the Occupy movement may have facilitated political change

Occupy protests are one of the major global political waves of our time. But what was their impact?  Alper Yagci highlights the link between the recession, inequality, and the Occupy movement, and writes that although the institutional impact might not have been immediately obvious, the wider political change Occupy facilitated is now becoming clearer.

The movement emerged late in 2011, […]

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    Book Review: Precarious Lives: Forced Labour, Exploitation and Asylum by Hannah Lewis, Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson and Louise Waite

Book Review: Precarious Lives: Forced Labour, Exploitation and Asylum by Hannah Lewis, Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson and Louise Waite

Precarious Lives: Forced Labour, Exploitation and Asylum offers a groundbreaking examination of the forced labour experienced by migrants and asylum seekers seeking refuge in the United Kingdom. Hannah Lewis, Peter Dwyer, Stuart Hodkinson and Louise Waiteexplore the ‘hyper-precarity trap’ that binds their interviewees to exploitative, insecure and often hidden working conditions. Tribeni Gurung argues that this fascinating and comprehensible read not […]

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    The plight of the Chagos Islanders shows the dark side of the US-UK special relationship

The plight of the Chagos Islanders shows the dark side of the US-UK special relationship

While the strength of the US-UK ‘special relationship’ has waxed and waned in recent years, many have viewed it as being generally beneficial. Peter Harris writes on one major casualty of the special relationship – the Chagos Islanders. Evicted from their home nearly 50 years ago, the Chagos Islands were converted into the US military base, Diego Garcia. Despite […]

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