New Books Network

David Estlund, “Utopophobia: On the Limits (If Any) of Political Philosophy” (Princeton UP, 2020)
It is tempting to hold that any proposed principle of social justice is defective if it demands too much of people, given their proclivities.  A stronger view, one that many philosophers find attractive, has it that there is something about the concept of justice that makes it the kind of... Read More
Aliide Naylor, “The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front” (I. B. Tauris, 2020)
The Baltics are about to be thrust onto the world stage. With a ‘belligerent’ Vladimir Putin to their east (and ‘expansionist’ NATO to their west), Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are increasingly the subject of unsettling headlines in both Western and Russian media. But how real are these fears, subject as... Read More
Daniel Skinner, “Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making” (U Minnesota Press, 2019)
The definition of medical necessity has morphed over the years, from a singular physician’s determination to a complex and dynamic political contest involving patients, medical companies, insurance companies, and government agencies. In Medical Necessity: Health Care Access and the Politics of Decision Making (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), Daniel Skinner... Read More
Murad Idris, “War for Peace: Genealogies of a Violent Ideal in Western and Islamic Thought” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Murad Idris, a political theorist in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, explores the concept of peace, the term itself and the way that it has been considered and analyzed in western and Islamic political thought. War for Peace: Genealogies of a Violent Ideal in... Read More
Eric Lomazoff, “Reconstructing the National Bank Controversy: Politics and Law in the Early American Republic” (U Chicago Press, 2018)
Eric Lomazoff has written a kind of detective novel about the national bank controversy during the early years of the new republic.  Lomazoff poses, in the introduction, and at the start of each chapter, the general understanding that many scholars and citizens have about the bank controversy itself and the... Read More
Lee Drutman, “Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America” (Oxford UP, 2020)
There are quite a few authors writing about the problems facing American democracy and how best to solve those problems. Many of the problematic issues devolve to the question of representation – and how to shift or change the American political system so that it better represents the voters themselves... Read More
Robert H. Frank, “Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work” (Princeton UP, 2020)
Psychologists have long understood that social environments profoundly shape our behavior, sometimes for the better, often for the worse. But social influence is a two-way street―our environments are themselves products of our behavior. Under the Influence explains how to unlock the latent power of social context. It reveals how our... Read More