Category: Political economy

The Clash of Fundamentalisms

Verso | August 22, 2019 | 428 pages
Depicts the author's viewpoint about the warring Muslim and Christian "fundamentalist" nations post-September 11, drawing conclusions on American ideologies and promoting a new enlightenment for the 21st century.  More Info

Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamaphobia

July 3, 2014 | 336 pages
In late July 2011, Norway was struck by the worst terror attack in its history. I what can only be called a killing spree, Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people, bombing government building and an hour long shooting spree in a the island of Utøya. His actions were meant to mark the onset of an... More Info


August 22, 2019 | 367 pages
New Edition In the ten years since the initial publication of Insurgencies, Antonio Negri's reputation as one of the world's foremost political philosophers has grown dramatically. An invigorating appraisal of revolutionary thought, Insurgencies is both the precursor to and the historical basis for... More Info

Mobilizing Democracy

August 22, 2019 |
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The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper

JHU Press | December 3, 2013 | 280 pages
The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper reevaluates how United Nations peacekeeping missions reform (or fail to reform) their participating members. It investigates how such missions affect military organizations and civil-military relations as countries transition to a more democratic system.... More Info

Flight Ways

August 22, 2019 | 224 pages
A leading figure in the emerging field of extinction studies, Thom van Dooren puts philosophy into conversation with the natural sciences and his own ethnographic encounters to vivify the cultural and ethical significance of modern-day extinctions. Unlike other meditations on the subject, Flight... More Info

Costly Democracy

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 208 pages
Peacebuilding is an interactive process that involves collaboration between peacebuilders and the victorious elites of a postwar society. While one of the most prominent assumptions of the peacebuilding literature asserts that the interests of domestic elites and peacebuilders coincide, this book... More Info

The Headscarf Debates

August 22, 2019 | 264 pages
Explores how the headscarf has become a political symbol used to reaffirm or transform national stories of belonging. Anna Korteweg and Gökçe Yurdakul juxtapose current cultural and political debates and interviews with social activists in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Turkey to chart how... More Info

Democracy Incorporated

Princeton University Press | February 1, 2010 | 384 pages
In a critical analysis of modern-day America, the author of Politics and Vision portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive and where elites are eager to keep them that way, in a worrying diagnosis of America's political ills.  More Info

Into New Territory

August 22, 2019 | 264 pages
The idea that the United States—a nation founded after a war of independence—operates as an imperialist power on the world stage has gained considerable traction since the turn of the twenty-first century. But just a few decades earlier, this position was considered radical and even... More Info

Indonesia, Etc

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | June 23, 2014 | 304 pages
An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions.  More Info

Vicarious Kinks

University of Toronto Press | June 30, 2014 | 376 pages
In Vicarious Kinks, Ummni Khan looks at the mass of claims that film, feminism, the human sciences, and law make about sadomasochism and its practitioners, and the way those claims become the basis for the legal regulation of sadomasochist pornography and practice.  More Info

An Uncertain Glory

August 22, 2019 | 433 pages
Two of the country's leading economists discuss how the underdevelopment of social services, archaic attitudes towards women and problems with physical services are a stark contrast to the fast-moving economic successes of India over the past 65 years. (This book was previously featured in... More Info

Burning Down the House

August 22, 2019 | 384 pages
One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are 23, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centres that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, Nell Bernstein shows... More Info

Counterfeit Crime

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 312 pages
A scathing critique of government policies on transnational crime and terror.  More Info

Where Bears Roam the Streets

HarperCollins Canada | June 1, 2014 | 272 pages
A unique portrait of a Russia awash in change, told through the lens of a long-standing friendship between two young men who grew up on opposing sides of the Cold War In the summer of 2008, Jeff Parker went to Russia intending to write a book about the countryâe(tm)s resurgence as a major global... More Info

Eduardo Galeano

Black Rose Books Ltd | August 22, 2019 | 433 pages
Eduardo Galeano--the single most important literary voice to come out of Latin America in the last decades.  More Info

Turbulent and Mighty Continent

Polity | November 25, 2013 | 224 pages
The author argues that "it is a mistake to see the misfortunes of the euro as the sole source of Europe's malaise. The Union faces problems shared by most or all of the developed states of the world. Reform in Europe must go far beyond stabilizing the euro--this is the time for a far-reaching... More Info

Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century - a Middle Way Between West and East

February 7, 2014 |
For decades, liberal democracy has been extolled as the best system of governance to have emerged out of the long experience of history. Today, such a confident assertion is far from self-evident. Democracy, in crisis across the West, must prove itself. In the West today, the authors argue, we no... More Info

Globalization and Work

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 300 pages
This engaging book offers a lively and rigorous synthesis of the varied interconnections between work and globalization.  More Info

Moscow, 1937

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 650 pages
Moscow, 1937: the soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin’s dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence. In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schlögel reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month by month, the terrorism of a... More Info

Conspiracy Theory in America

February 15, 2014 | 272 pages
Ever since the Warren Commission concluded that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy, people who doubt that finding have been widely dismissed as conspiracy theorists, despite credible evidence that right-wing elements in the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service—and possibly even senior... More Info

The Oil Curse

September 1, 2013 | 289 pages
Analyzes data from 170 countries to conclude that oil-producing countries in the developing world are worse off economically and socially than countries without oil, explores the causes of the problem, and suggests some solutions.  More Info

The Roberts Court

May 20, 2014 | 432 pages
A National Law Journal correspondent and forefront expert on the Supreme Court traces the first seven years of the Roberts Court to report on its direction and the resolutions of five landmark cases on race, guns, immigration, campaign finance and health care.  More Info

Left Legalism/Left Critique

Duke University Press | November 22, 2002 | 447 pages
DIVA reader aimed at revitalizing left legal and political critique./div  More Info

Frames of War

Verso Books | August 22, 2019 | 193 pages
Explores the media's portrayal of state violence and its influence on how the western world engages in warfare, contending that misleading depictions of oppressed or troubled foreign nations has prompted the rationalization of the deaths of large population groups. Reprint.  More Info

How Numbers Rule the World

February 4, 2014 | 272 pages
Numbers dominate global politics and as a result our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Statistical calculations define how we deal with... More Info

The Human Rights Paradox

August 22, 2019 | 272 pages
Human rights are paradoxical. Advocates across the world invoke the idea that such rights belong to all people, no matter who or where they are. But since humans can only realize their rights in particular places, human rights are both always and never universal. The Human Rights Paradox is the... More Info

Archiving the Unspeakable

April 1, 2014 | 245 pages
Roughly 1.7 million people died in Cambodia from untreated disease, starvation, and execution during the Khmer Rouge reign of less than four years in the late 1970s. The regime’s brutality has come to be symbolized by the multitude of black-and-white mug shots of prisoners taken at the notorious... More Info

One Land, Two States

August 22, 2019 | 259 pages
One Land, Two States is a bold restructuring of an idea that remains at the heart of international diplomacy after generations of conflict. A pioneering effort to preserve the two-state solution in Israel and Palestine, the book imagines new paradigms in policy designed to disrupt the turmoil and... More Info

Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age

May 1, 2014 | 400 pages
Why, despite massive public concern, is child trafficking on the rise? Why are unaccompanied migrant children living on the streets and routinely threatened with deportation to their countries of origin? Why do so many young refugees of war-ravaged and failed states end up warehoused in camps,... More Info

The Arabs and the Holocaust

Picador | April 26, 2011 | 400 pages
There is no more inflammatory topic than the Arabs and the Holocaust—the phrase alone can occasion outrage. Political scientist Gilbert Achcar analyzes the various Arab responses to Nazism, from the earliest intimations of the genocide, through the creation of Israel and the destruction of... More Info

Dispatches from Pakistan

May 1, 2014 | 320 pages
Since 9/11, Pakistan has loomed large in the geopolitical imagination of the West. A key ally in the global war on terror, it is also the country in which Osama bin Laden was finally found and killed—and the one that has borne the brunt of much of the ongoing conflict's collateral damage. Despite... More Info

Border Patrol Nation

City Lights Publishers | April 8, 2014 | 358 pages
Fast-paced frontline reporting and analysis on the militaristic spread of US Border Patrol and the long-term consequences for free society.  More Info

Rebels, Reds, Radicals

Between The Lines | August 22, 2019 | 254 pages
An engaging introduction to the vibrant history of the political left in Canada  More Info

The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature

Verso | June 4, 2013 | 224 pages
Who – and what – are the Bourgeois? “The bourgeois ... Not so long ago, this notion seemed indispensable to social analysis; these days, one might go years without hearing it mentioned. Capitalism is more powerful than ever, but its human embodiment seems to have vanished. ‘I am a member of... More Info

Tibet, the Last Cry

February 16, 2013 | 208 pages
Eric and Laurent were the only freelance journalists allowed into Tibet following the March 2008 riots. They saw the friction between two cultures who live in mistrust. Police and soldiers patrol the towns, while crowds of Han immigrants pour into the region like new frontier settlers seeking their... More Info

The Power of the Talking Stick

Paradigm Pub | March 1, 2014 | 200 pages
The Power of the Talking Stick makes the case that, reaching back to the beginning of the nation-state and all through the current period of corporate-led globalisation, our governments and social institutions have been engaged in activities that will ultimately extinguish the world's ecological... More Info

The Face of Resistance

By AungAung Zaw
March 1, 2014 | 150 pages
Aung San Suu Kyi is a world-renowned, inspirational symbol of Burmese resistance and courage. Released in 2010 after spending fifteen of the previous twenty-one years under house arrest, many are now looking to her to lead the country. But is it possible for Suu Kyi to mend the deep divisions in... More Info

The Contradictions of "real Socialism"

August 22, 2019 | 222 pages
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The Socialist Alternative

August 22, 2019 | 191 pages
“A good society,“ Michael Lebowitz tells us, “is one that permits the full development of human potential.” In this slim, lucid, and insightful book, he argues persuasively that such a society is possible. That capitalism fails his definition of a good society is evident from even a cursory... More Info

Days and Nights of Love and War

August 22, 1983 | 178 pages
"Days and Nights of Love and War is the personal testimony of one of Latin America's foremost contemporary writers. In this journal and history, Eduardo Galeano records the lives and struggles of the Latin American people, under two decades of violence and repression. Alternating between reportage... More Info

The Battle of Bretton Woods

March 1, 2014 | 480 pages
When turmoil strikes world monetary and financial markets, leaders invariably call for 'a new Bretton Woods' to prevent catastrophic economic disorder and defuse political conflict. The name of the remote New Hampshire town where representatives of forty-four nations gathered in July 1944, in the... More Info

Following the Leader

February 3, 2014 | 312 pages
With unprecedented access to Chinese leaders at all levels of the party and government, best-selling author David Lampton tells the insider story of China’s political elite from their own perspectives. Based on over five hundred interviews, Following the Leader offers a rare glimpse into how the... More Info

The Battle for Justice in Palestine

February 17, 2014 | 224 pages
Efforts to achieve a 'two-state solution' have finally collapsed, and the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israeli society lurches toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed. Abunimah, the most prominent Palestinian critic of Israel living in the United... More Info

Survivors of Slavery

August 22, 2019 | 384 pages
Slavery is not a crime confined to the far reaches of history. It is an injustice that continues to entrap twenty-seven million people across the globe. Laura Murphy offers close to forty survivor narratives from Cambodia, Ghana, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United... More Info

The accumulation of capital

Psychology Press | August 22, 2019 | 453 pages
Rosa Luxemburg was a revolutionary socialist who fought and died for her beliefs. In January 1919, after being arrested for her involvement in a workers' uprising in Berlin, she was brutally murdered by a group of right-wing soldiers. Her body was recovered days later from a canal. Six years... More Info

Killer Weed

University of Toronto Press | January 17, 2014 | 304 pages
Since the late 1990s, marijuana grow operations have been identified by media and others as a new and dangerous criminal activity of “epidemic” proportions. With Killer Weed, Susan C. Boyd and Connie Carter use their analysis of fifteen years of newspaper coverage to show how consensus about... More Info

Democratic Equality

University of Toronto Press | August 22, 2019 | 263 pages
Are the world's oldest democracies failing? In this extraordinary collection, top scholars in political science, sociology, philosophy and economics, discuss a radical shift towards inequality in an age of mass capital globalization.  More Info

Europe's Alliance with Israel

Pluto Press | December 15, 2010 | 192 pages
In carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Journalist David Cronin... More Info