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Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century

Editor: Bodley Head, London, 2016 The tradition school-book portrayal of the international balance of power has long painted global peace as the product of a bipolar world and a Cold War, won by the USA against the USSR in 1991. This portrayal is somewhat lacking because it leaves out China. Although a titan of history,…

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Economics rules: Why Economics Works, When It Fails, and How To Tell The Difference

Released: October, 2015 Although lesser known to the general public than Joseph Stiglitz or Paul Krugman, Dani Rodrik is one the most prominent professors of political economy in the United States. His interventions on the evolution of the international economy are authoritative. In “Economics Rules”, Rodrik takes a break from commenting on global trends and…

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Smart Citizens, Smarter State: the technologies of expertise and the future of governing

Editor: Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2015 Ideas about the relationship between technology and politics remain in constant evolution amongst progressive intellectuals. Marx’s vision of the dissolving of political conflict into an administration of things, strongly influenced by the industrialism of Saint-Simon, doesn’t win many over. But the possibility of improving workers purchasing power offered by…

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