New Books Network

Kate O’Neill, “Waste” (Polity, 2019)
Waste is one of the planet’s last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this “new” resource still poses... Read More
Amy Offner, “Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas” (Princeton UP, 2019)
The neoliberal 1980s of austerity and privatization may appear as a break with the past—perhaps a model of government drawn up by libertarian economists. Not so, says Amy Offner in her spectacular new book, Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the... Read More
Jonathan Rothwell, “A Republic of Equals: A Manifesto for a Just Society” (Princeton UP, 2019)
Inequality in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past decades — on that there is agreement. There is less agreement on the causes of that inequality, the consequences of it, and, perhaps least of all, what to do about it. Join us to hear Jonathan Rothwell talk about his... Read More
Richard Robb, “Willful: How We Choose What We Do” (Yale UP, 2019)
Tired of the mechanical, narrowly rational human behavior of the Chicago school, but not exactly comforted by the emphasis on irrational activity in behavioral economics? So am I. Richard Robb, professor at Columbia and fund manager, offers a third way. In Willful: How We Choose What We Do (Yale University... Read More
Sara Lorenzini, “Global Development: A Cold War History” (Princeton UP, 2019)
As Dr. Sara Lorenzini points out in her new book Global Development: A Cold War History (Princeton University Press, 2019), the idea of economic development was a relatively novel one even as late as the 1940s. Much of the language of development was still being invented or refined by experts... Read More
Lynne Pettinger, “What’s Wrong with Work?” (Policy Press, 2019)
How should we understand work? In What’s Wrong with Work? (Policy Press, 2019), Lynne Pettinger, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, explores how work is organised, interconnected, and what work does. The book offers a history of work, as well as challenging and destabilising taken for granted... Read More
Howard Kunreuther, “The Future of Risk Management” (U Penn Press, 2019)
Whether man-made or naturally occurring, large-scale disasters can cause fatalities and injuries, devastate property and communities, savage the environment, impose significant financial burdens on individuals and firms, and test political leadership. Moreover, global challenges such as climate change and terrorism reveal the interdependent and interconnected nature of our current moment:... Read More
Elisabeth Köll, “Railroads and the Transformation of China” (Harvard UP, 2019)
Railroads and the Transformation of China (Harvard University Press, 2019) looks at the development of railroads in China from the late 19th century to the post-Mao reform period. Treating railroads as institutions, Elisabeth Köll charts how railroads and railway management companies were constructed and developed, how railway lines were disrupted... Read More