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25th April 2015

Basic Income: A transformative policy for India, by Sarath Davala, Renana Jhabvala, Soumya Kapoor Mehta and Guy Standing

Bloomsbury, 2015, xii + 234 pp, 1 4725 8310 9, hbk, xvi + 331 pp, £65, 1 4725 8311 6, pbk, xvi + 331 pp, £19.99 How can poverty be Read More

25th April 2015

Good Times, Bad Times: The welfare myth of them and us, by John Hills

Policy Press, 2014, 1 44732 003 6, pbk, xviii + 323 pp, £12.99 The title says it all: the normal experience for most families and individuals is that there will Read More

25th March 2015

A Better World is Possible: What needs to be done and how we can make it happen, by Bruce Nixon

O Books, 2011, 1-84694-514-4, pbk, 396 pp, £14.99 This really is a book about everything: the financial crisis, climate change, peak oil, ecosystem destruction, poverty, and war: and it is Read More

25th March 2015

Reclaiming Individualism: Perspectives on public policy, by Paul Spicker

Policy Press, 2013, vii + 208 pp, 1 4473 0908 6, hbk, £70 Moral individualism depends on the premise, not just that each person is an individual, but also that Read More

25th March 2015

‘Could a ‘Citizen’s Income’ work?’, by Donald Hirsch (Joseph Rowntree Foundation Research Paper)

A paper commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as part of its Minimum Income Standard programme, and published in March 2015. Full report here. The Citizen’s Income Newsletter usually mentions relevant Read More

25th February 2015

Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future, by Marshall Brain

2012, BYG Publishing, Kindle edition available on, £0.77. (Also see the author’s website.) Review by Karl Widerquist Marshall Brain is a science writer (both fiction and non-), futurist, founder of Read More

25th February 2015

Philosophy of Economics: A Contemporary Introduction, by Julian Reiss

Routledge, 2013, xvi + 331 pp, 0 415 88116 6, hbk, £75, 0 415 88117 3, pbk, £22.99 ‘Philosophy’ means ‘the love of wisdom’, and although Reiss does not put Read More

25th January 2015

The Politics of Civil Society: Big society and small government, by Fred Powell

2nd edition, Policy Press, 2013, vi + 236 pp, 1 4473 0715 0, hbk, £70, 1 4473 0714 3, pbk, £24.99 It is always interesting to compare a new edition Read More

25th November 2014

How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public: Policy feedback, participation, voting, and attitudes, by Staffan Kumlin and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen (eds)

Edward Elgar, 2014, 1 78254 549 1, hbk, ix + 337 pp, £90 In democratic countries public policy is influenced, at least to some extent, by public opinion. At the Read More

25th November 2014

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies, by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee

New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2014, 0 393 23935 5, hbk, 320 pp, $26.95. Audio edition: Grand Haven, Michigan: Brilliance Audio, 2014. This book was recommended to me Read More