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    Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room – Book Review

Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room – Book Review

Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room. Daniel Beunza. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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In Taking the Floor: Models, Morals and Management in a Wall Street Trading Room, Daniel Beunza analyses how the use of economic models and the moral disengagement this has created have significantly transformed the global financial industry. The […]

December 8th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler – Book Review

1931: Debt, Crisis, and the Rise of Hitler. Tobias Straumann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

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1931 was an inflection point in history, a year in which so much of such consequence happened that, nearly a century later, one still strains to make sense of it all. On 19 September 1931, Japan invaded Manchuria, an act of aggression that […]

December 1st, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism – Book Review

The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism – Book Review

The Costs of Connection: How Data is Colonizing Human Life and Appropriating It for Capitalism. Nick Couldry and Ulises A. Mejias. Stanford University Press. 2019.

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The age of Big Data has frequently been framed as a new frontier in human life, presenting both brand new opportunities and brand new challenges. In The Costs of Connection, Nick Couldry […]

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    Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World – Book Review

Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World – Book Review

If you are interested in this book review, you can listen to a podcast of Branko Milanovic speaking at the LSE public event, ‘Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World’.

Capitalism, Alone: The Future of the System That Rules the World. Branko Milanovic. Harvard University Press. 2019.

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Capitalism, Alone by Branko Milanovic is a remarkable book, […]

November 17th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Shoshana Zuboff. Profile Books. 2019.
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Early this year, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism arrived to herald the new form of economic oppression we have watched creep into our lives. Zuboff, a professor emerita from Harvard Business School known […]

November 10th, 2019|Book Review, LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Book Review 

Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century – Book Review 

Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century. Torben Iversen and David Soskice. Princeton University Press. 2019.

Is democracy compatible with (advanced) capitalism? And how has (advanced) democracy maintained resilience? In Democracy and Prosperity: Reinventing Capitalism through a Turbulent Century, Torben Iversen and David Soskice, two prominent scholars of comparative political economy, take up the challenge to contribute to […]

November 3rd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps – Book Review

Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps. London School of Economics and Mary S. Morgan, Inderbir Bhullar, Sarah Wise, Anne Power, Katie Garner, Aileen Reid and Jacob F. Field, with a foreword by Iain Sinclair. Thames and Hudson. 2019.

“I may here draw your attention to the many coloured map hanging on the screen, which I have called the Map of […]

October 27th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? Book Review

Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? David G. Blanchflower. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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In Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?, David G. Blanchflower contributes to the already substantial stream of scholarship on job quality, happiness and economic downturns. The author, a prominent economist and former external member of the Bank of […]

October 20th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt – Book Review

Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt – Book Review

Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt. Jerome Roos. Princeton University Press. 2019.

In Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt—a book based on his doctoral dissertation—Jerome Roos systematically unpacks the structural characteristics of the contemporary debt market. Leveraging analysis of historical evidence, the author proposes a theory of creditor structural power and high spillover costs […]

October 13th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State – Book Review

Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State – Book Review

Capital City: Gentrification and the Real Estate State. Samuel Stein. Verso. 2019.

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The real estate industry is now worth $217 trillion, which is 36 times the value of all the gold in the world. What is more, it forms 60 per cent of global assets, and it is how one of the most powerful people on earth […]

October 6th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Social Mobility and its Enemies – Book Review

Social Mobility and its Enemies. Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin. Pelican. 2018.

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Have you ever wondered why those at the top tend to come from the same backgrounds? Or how severe the social mobility crisis in Britain really is—and what has, and continues to, cause it? If so, then Lee Elliot Major and Stephen Machin’s recent […]

September 29th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

The Psychology of Fashion – Book Review

The Psychology of Fashion. Carolyn Mair. Routledge. 2018.

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You may not be into fashion, but you cannot escape fashion consumption. Fashion is an important way that we present ourselves to the world in our everyday life (Erving Goffman, 1956). As consumer culture conquers the world, fashion is not a peripheral, frivolous matter; rather, it holds more individual meanings […]

September 22nd, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation – Book Review

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation – Book Review

The Technology Trap: Capital, Labour and Power in the Age of Automation. Carl Benedikt Frey. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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It seems that barely a month can pass without new forecasts of technology-induced job losses hitting the front pages. The Office for National Statistics are at it, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the […]

September 15th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Re-Engineering Humanity – Book Review

Re-Engineering Humanity. Brett Frischmann and Evan Selinger. Cambridge University Press. 2019.

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It is by now uncontroversial to observe that we constantly find ourselves in the middle of a data loop whereby large amounts of data about us are collected and analysed, and the results of that analysis are then used to shape our digital environments, product […]

September 8th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|

Measuring Poverty Around the World – Book Review

Measuring Poverty Around the World. Anthony B. Atkinson, edited by John Micklewright and Andrea Brandolini. Princeton University Press. 2019.

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The British economist Sir Tony Atkinson (1944-2017) was an authority in the field of poverty and inequality, inspiring communities of scholars and significantly impacting the world of policy. In this posthumous opus, recently published following Atkinson’s passing in […]

September 1st, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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    …and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year – Book Review

…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year – Book Review

…and forgive them their debts: Lending, Foreclosure and Redemption From Bronze Age Finance to the Jubilee Year. Michael Hudson. ISLET. 2018.

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The Rosetta stone is famous for providing insight into the Ancient Egyptian language. It contains three versions of a decree issued by King Ptolemy V (196 BC), one of which was written in Ancient Greek. […]

August 25th, 2019|Book Review|0 Comments|
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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|