New Books Network

Sheri Berman, “Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From the Ancien Régime to the Present Day” (Oxford UP, 2019)
At the end of the twentieth century, many believed the story of European political development had come to an end. Modern democracy began in Europe, but for hundreds of years it competed with various forms of dictatorship. Now, though, the entire continent was in the democratic camp for the first... Read More
Sanjay Lal, “Gandhi’s Thought and Liberal Democracy” (Lexington Books, 2019)
Is religion indispensable to public life?  What can Gandhi’s thought contribute to the modern state? With an intense focus on both the depth and practicality of Mahatma Gandhi’s political and religious thought this book reveals the valuable insights Gandhi offers to anyone concerned about the prospects of liberalism in the... Read More
Sophie Richter-Devroe, “Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival” (U Illinois Press 2018)
Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe’s book, Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival (University of Illinois Press, 2018) offers an analysis of the forms assumed by women’s political resistance in Occupied Palestine and interrogates how an understanding of such activism might be expanded if one attends to the ‘everyday’. During... Read More
EQ Spotlight Special: Roundtable on the 2020 Presidential Race
What are we to make of the year’s first presidential debate? Listen in as John R. Hibbing, Jonathan Weiler and I discuss this question and others surrounding the 2020 presidential race. Hibbing is a Foundation Regents University Professor of political history and psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s been... Read More
Serena Parekh, “No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis” (Oxford UP, 2020)
Discourse in wealthy Western countries about refugees tends to follow a familiar script.  How many refugees is a country morally required to accept?  What kinds of care and support are host countries required to provide?  Who is responsible to maintaining the resulting infrastructure?  What, ultimately, is to be done with... Read More
Rogers M. Smith, “That Is Not Who We Are!: Populism and Peoplehood” (Yale UP, 2020)
Rogers M. Smith, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, has written a new book on the connection between our understanding of peoplehood and community, and the contemporary growth of populism around the world. This book and the meditation on these issues of... Read More
Ariella Rotramel, “Pushing Back: Women of Color-Led Grassroots Activism in New York City” (U Georgia Press, 2020)
Pushing Back: Women of Color–Led Grassroots Activism in New York City (U Georgia Press, 2020) explores women of color’s grassroots leadership in organizations that are not singularly identified with feminism. Centered in New York City, Pushing Back brings an intersectional perspective to communities of color as it addresses injustices tied... Read More
G. Smulewicz-Zucker and M. Thompson, “An Inheritance for Our Times: Principles and Politics of Democratic Socialism” (OR Books, 2020)
Democratic socialism is on the lips of activists and politicians from both the left and the right. Some call it extremism; some call it common sense. What are we talking about? At a time when the capitalist experiment has made fewer people richer than ever before and seems to be... Read More
Marlene Wind, “The Tribalization of Europe: A Defence of our Liberal Values” (Polity, 2020)
The European Union is arguably facing the greatest existential threat in its history. One of its big four member states has left and the main opposition parties in France and Italy flirt with leaving, while Hungary and Poland drift away from liberal democracy, and the Russian and US presidents openly... Read More
Stephanie Newell, “Histories of Dirt: Media and Urban Life in Colonial and Postcolonial Lagos” (Duke UP, 2019)
Stephanie Newell, Professor of English at Yale University, came to this project, which explores the concept of “dirt” and how this idea is used and applied to people and spaces, in a rather indirect way, having read the memoirs and journals of merchant traders – particularly the white British traders... Read More