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2016/11/27 | Melissa M. Smith
BOOK REVIEW: 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail'
Is there too much money behind U.S. political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail' Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favor of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarization that characterizes the U.S. political system. While she questions the extrapolation of state-level analysis to the federal level, Melissa M. Smith praises the cogent delivery of the book’s central claim, even if it remains to be seen if the authors’ points will make it into practice.
2016/11/26 | Vanja Hamzić
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State'
In 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State' Iza R. Hussin traces a riveting history of Islamic law as it encounters, and is inevitably transformed by, British colonialism in Malaya, Egypt and India. It is a work of unique critical sensibilities, setting the scene for future interdisciplinary research of colonial and postcolonial Islamic law as fruitful analytical categories, finds Vanja Hamzić.
BOOK REVIEW: 'Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead'
In 'Driverless: Intelligent Cars and the Road Ahead' Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman reflect on the possibilities and risks posed by the new horizon of automobile technology: the driverless car. This insight into the potential future of transportation is well-researched, sprinkled with interesting anecdotes and accessible for both policymakers and the wider public, finds Joseph Savirimuthu.
2016/11/20 | Antonio De Vito
BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens'
In 'The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens,' Gabriel Zucman makes a provocative argument about the large-scale evasion of taxes as well as how to tackle this global issue. Antonio De Vito highly recommends this concise, nontechnical and clearly argued book to everyone interested in understanding how the international financial system is making illegal use of tax havens.
2016/11/19 | Peter Carrol
BOOK REVIEW: 'Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives'
On an average day in the USA, seven children and teenagers will be shot dead. In 'Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives,' journalist Gary Younge tells the stories of ten lives lost on one single day: November 23, 2013. This is a powerful, timely and important contribution to the debate on U.S. gun culture and how US society particularly treats its African American citizens, writes Peter Carrol.
2016/11/17 | Yao Han
BOOK REVIEW: 'China’s Next Strategic Advantage'
In 'China’s Next Strategic Advantage: From Imitation to Innovation', George S. Yip and Bruce McKern suggest that China has leapt successfully from being an imitative to an innovative country. As Chinese companies become increasingly innovative and perform better in domestic and international markets, the authors argue that other countries need to learn from China or risk lagging behind. Besides analyzing both Chinese firms and MNCs in China, the book also taps into questions of open innovation and intellectual property protection practices. Yao Han appreciates the use of detailed examples and cases in illustrating the process towards innovation in China.
2016/07/14 | Thomas Kellogg
China and the End of Reform
BOOK REVIEW: ‘China’s Future,’ By David Shambaugh