Katie Saffin

Book Review: Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa

Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives is an insightful addition to the discussion about how we define legitimate and illegitimate targets in war, and what part the media has played in both the public and policy makers ideas about these decisions. Reviewed by Kate Saffin.   Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. Edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa. Sage Publications. 336 pages. […]

Book Review: The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi’s Italy by Maurizio Viroli.

Silvio Berlusconi turned Italy’s government into a medieval court and its people into servants, argues Maurizio Viroli. His latest book details the anti-democratic effects of the now ex-Prime Minister’s regime, and makes a passionate call for a civic rebirth in his homeland. Kate Saffin feels that Viroli’s ideas about what went so wrong in Italy need to be heeded if the […]

Book Review: Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism by Robert Guest

Robert Guest, Business Editor of The Economist, travels the world to make the case for the positive effects of migration and international connections, in a readable, wide-ranging new book on globalisation. Amusing, intelligent, and full of statistics, Borderless Economics is the perfect starting point for exploring new diasporas and international networks, finds Kate Saffin. Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the […]

Book Review: Free Will

Kate Saffin finds that enormous ground is covered in Joseph Keim Campbell’s recent exploration into the philosophy of free will. Campbell wants the reader to understand the importance and consequences of denying free will, and if such a stance is taken what that means for creativity, authenticity, and origination, as well as moral responsibility and our concept of the self. Free […]

Book Review: The Globalization Paradox: Why Global Markets, States, and Democracy Can’t Coexist

For a century, economists have driven forward the cause of globalization in financial institutions, labour markets, and trade. Yet there have been consistent warning signs that a global economy and free trade might not always be advantageous. Where are the pressure points? What could be done about them? Kate Saffin finds that Dani Rodrik’s latest book represents another valuable contribution to […]