Category Archives: Book Debates

This page contains reviews of books on urbanism and austerity as well as political economy, public administration and political studies more broadly. We also include ‘book debate’ series, where CURA researchers critically engage with scholars working on related themes. We aim to give authors an opportunity to present their work, respond with thoughts by our team, and end blog threads with responses to these by the scholars that we engage.

Book Debate: The End of Representative Politics?

Tweet Today we publish a two part blog on Professor Simon Tormey’s book “the End of Representative Politics“. In this work Tormey argues that narratives of democratic decline are too tightly focused on representative forms of politics, and thus conceal … Continue reading

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Popular Democracy – Response by Adrian Bua

Tweet In this post Adrian Bua continues CURA’s third book debate by replying to Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza’s first post outlining the argument in their recent book “Popular Democracy: the Paradox of Participation”. Popular Democracy deals with an important question … Continue reading

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Popular Democracy by Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza

Tweet In this post Ernesto Ganuza and Gianpaolo Baiocchi begin our third instalment of CURA’s Book Debates series by outlining the main argument in their recently co-authored book “Popular Democracy: the Paradox of Participation” – where they trace the development … Continue reading

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Introducing Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System

Tweet In today’s blog post, Victoria Canning introduces her new book Gendered Harm and Structural Violence in the British Asylum System. Recognising structural violence is no easy feat. In his seminal essay, Violence, Peace and Peace Research, Johan Galtung argued that, … Continue reading

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Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Tim Weaver’s Response to Jonathan Davies

Tweet In this post Tim Weaver responds to Jonathan Davies’ review of his recent book ‘Blazing the Neoliberal Trail’. I would like thank Jonathan for his stimulating reactions to my book and the opportunity of offering this response. I will … Continue reading

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Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Review by Jonathan Davies

Tweet Professor Jonathan Davies continues our second installment of CURA’s book debates by share’s his thoughts on Tim Weaver’s recent book ‘Blazing the Neoliberal Trail‘. This post will be followed by a final reply from Tim int he forthcoming weeks. … Continue reading

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Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Timothy Weaver

Tweet In this post Timothy Weaver begins our second installment of our ‘book debates’ series, by outlining the main argument of his recent book ‘Blazing the Neo-liberal Trail‘, where he charts the development of neo-liberal hegemony in the UK and the US through … Continue reading

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Taking Power Back: Response by Simon Parker

Tweet This post is the latest in the series debating Simon Parker’s recent book ‘Taking Power Back‘. The debate began with an outline by Simon of the main argument of his book, followed by a response by Jonathan Davies and Adrian Bua … Continue reading

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Reclaiming Local Democracy: Ines Newman

Tweet In this post Ines Newman describes the argument of her recent book “Reclaiming local democracy: a progressive future for local government“. Ines argues against the market fundamentalism informing the changes in British local government since the 1980’s, outlines an … Continue reading

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Book Review: What a Waste – Outsourcing and how it Goes Wrong

Tweet In this book review, CURAs Dr. Heather Connolly shares her thoughts on the recent book by Researchers at Manchester Capitalism “What a Waste”. This blog was originally published on the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute’s website. With increasing numbers of … Continue reading

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