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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|
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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|