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    Think Tanks: The New Knowledge and Policy Brokers in Asia – Book Review

Think Tanks: The New Knowledge and Policy Brokers in Asia – Book Review

Think Tanks: The New Knowledge and Policy Brokers in Asia. James G. McGann. Brookings Institution Press. 2019.

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If you study think tanks or research institutes then you have inevitably come across the work of James McGann and the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past decade, the TTCSP’s yearly […]

August 18th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Getting the Most out of Your Doctorate: The Importance of Supervision, Networking and Becoming a Global Academic – Book Review

Getting the Most out of Your Doctorate: The Importance of Supervision, Networking and Becoming a Global Academic – Book Review

Getting the Most out of Your Doctorate: The Importance of Supervision, Networking and Becoming a Global Academic. Mollie Dollinger (ed.). Emerald Publishing. 2019.

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The first few weeks of the doctoral student experience can be daunting, to say the least. Orientation programmes outline unfamiliar expectations predicated on, for most, an alarming amount of personal discipline and accountability. At […]

August 11th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Can Science Make Sense of Life? – Book Review

Can Science Make Sense of Life? Sheila Jasanoff. Polity. 2019.

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On 31 March 2019, at a workshop for the Canadian Network for Science and Democracy in Ottawa, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) Sheila Jasanoff gave a keynote presentation in which she reflected on co-production as a method and her own expectations when introducing it nearly […]

August 4th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance – Book Review

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance – Book Review

Beyond Debt: Islamic Experiments in Global Finance. Daromir Rudnyckyj. Chicago and London. University of Chicago Press. 2018.

Since the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis that spread from its epicentre in the US outwards to interconnected financial markets, public commentators and academics have been confronted with a pressing question: how should financial markets be organised to ensure a more stable and […]

July 28th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America – Book Review

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America – Book Review

The Code: Silicon Valley and the Remaking of America. Margaret O’Mara. Penguin Press. 2019.

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Tech giants like Facebook and Google dominate headlines, out of a mix of curiosity, admiration and concern, for the social value they provide, the wealth they have and – continue to – create and the enormous power they have vis-à-vis unprecedented access to […]

July 21st, 2019|Book Review|1 Comment|
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    The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market – Book Review

The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market – Book Review

The Community of Advantage: A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market. Robert Sugden. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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A standard character in critiques of economics is ‘homo economicus’. This figure encapsulates what economists are meant to believe humans are like, with the ability to ‘think like Albert Einstein, store as much memory as IBM’s Big Blue, and exercise […]

July 14th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life – Book Review

Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life – Book Review

Respawn: Gamers, Hackers and Technogenic Life. Colin Milburn. Duke University Press. 2018.

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‘All your base are belong to us.’ If you are an avid gamer, you probably know the phrase from Zero Wing well. If not, it might not make much sense to you besides its apparent grammatical errors. The phrase itself, as Colin Milburn explains, is […]

July 7th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Corporate Governance In Contention – Book Review

Corporate Governance In Contention. Ciaran Driver and Grahame Thompson (eds). Oxford University Press. 2019.

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Corporate Governance in Contention, edited by Ciaran Driver and Grahame Thompson, is highly recommended reading for anyone, whether a novice student or seasoned academic, who is interested in this important topic. The book’s central preoccupation, as signalled by the word ‘contention’ in its […]

June 30th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy and Economic Development – Book Review

How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy and Economic Development – Book Review

How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy and Economic Development. Murat A. Yülek. Palgrave. 2018.

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There is an intensifying discussion questioning the viability of the doctrine of globalisation and free trade. Considering the rise of ‘populism’ and ‘nationalism’ in different parts of the world, the foundations of these concepts are debated. The main idea is that the […]

June 23rd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Global Burnout – Book Review

Global Burnout. Pascal Chabot (trans. by Aliza Krefetz). Bloomsbury. 2018.

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When he tried to get up, his body refused to obey him […] This man, who used to check his email every ten minutes, begins to tremble uncontrollably when his company’s name is mentioned (2)

Though it would be hyperbolic to suggest that the disturbing scenario described above […]

June 16th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Young Working-Class Men in Transition – Book Review

Young Working-Class Men in Transition. Steven Roberts. Routledge. 2018.

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Steven Roberts’s book Young Working-Class Men in Transition provides a much-needed intervention into the field of critical studies on men and masculinities. This seven-year longitudinal study of young men from working-class backgrounds in the south-east of England counters dominant narratives of working-class men as regressive, violent and upholding […]

June 9th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties – Book Review

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties – Book Review

The Future of Capitalism: Facing the New Anxieties. Paul Collier. Allen Lane. 2018.  

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Prominent economist Paul Collier offers a forthright discussion of capitalism in his new book with candid personal touches. Shedding light on a topic under constant discussion, Collier undertakes diligent work in The Future of Capitalism. Staying away from clichés and easy dichotomies, the book […]

June 2nd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Commodity: The Global Commodity System in the 21st Century – Book Review

Commodity: The Global Commodity System in the 21st Century – Book Review

Commodity: The Global Commodity System in the 21st Century. Photis Lysandrou. Routledge. 2019.

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Classical political economy begins from the premise that capitalism must be understood as an integrated social, political and economic order. This presents a number of methodological challenges. The capitalist world is multifaceted, operates at numerous geographical scales and is embedded within an intricate web […]

May 26th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students – Book Review

The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students – Book Review

The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Anthony Abraham Jack. Harvard University Press. 2019.

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The field of social mobility studies lives through vibrant times. Against the backdrop of the dominant Nuffield ‘paradigm’ led by John Goldthorpe and primarily dedicated to measuring intergenerational mobility patterns at the national level, a plethora of recent work has uncovered […]

May 19th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice – Book Review

Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice – Book Review

Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice. Bikem Ekberzade. Zed Books. 2018.

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Bikem Ekberzade’s Standing Rock: Greed, Oil and the Lakota’s Struggle for Justice tells the moving story of Native American protesters during the 2017 conflict surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and dives into condemning detail of the US federal government’s treatment of […]

May 12th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Transformations of Trade Unionism: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Workers Organizing in Europe and the US, 18th-21st Centuries – Book Review

Transformations of Trade Unionism: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Workers Organizing in Europe and the US, 18th-21st Centuries – Book Review

Transformations of Trade Unionism: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives on Workers Organizing in Europe and the United States, Eighteenth to Twenty-First Centuries. Ad Knotter. Amsterdam University Press. 2018.

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With few exceptions, all advanced economies have experienced a decline in union density and power. Many scholars have linked contemporary income disparities to […]

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    Before the Neoliberal Turn: The Rise of Energy Finance and the Limits to US Foreign Economic Policy – Book Review

Before the Neoliberal Turn: The Rise of Energy Finance and the Limits to US Foreign Economic Policy – Book Review

Before the Neoliberal Turn: The Rise of Energy Finance and the Limits to US Foreign Economic Policy. Simone Selva. Palgrave. 2018.

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‘If we abandon Saudi [Arabia] it would be a terrible mistake,’ said US President Donald Trump, making a reference to the Kingdom’s influence over oil prices while explaining the US government’s position regarding the murder of […]

April 28th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Shaping Cities in an Urban Age – Book Review

Shaping Cities in an Urban Age. Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode (eds). Phaidon Press. 2018.

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We are living in a truly urban world. The opening line of Shaping Cities in an Urban Age shows no doubt in stating that ‘urbanisation is one of the mega trends of the twenty-first century’ (8). Edited by Ricky Burdett and Philipp […]

April 21st, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era – Book Review

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era – Book Review

The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era. Barry Eichengreen. Oxford University Press. 2018.

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Any project grounded in an analogy of times past with the present will likely be a good guide for the future, or perhaps it will rather be valued as the latest testimony to the historical ignorance of the current […]

April 14th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay – Book Review

The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay – Book Review

The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms: Managing Soybean Production in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. Mariano Turzi. Palgrave Pivot. 2018. 

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In The Political Economy of Agricultural Booms, Mariano Turzi creates and dissects an anatomy of soybean production in Latin America. Using the three case studies of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay to illustrate and contextualise his analysis of Latin America’s […]

April 7th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|