Category Archives: Book Review

Book review: Tony Fitzpatrick, “Climate Change and Poverty: A new agenda for developed nations”

Tony Fitzpatrick, Climate Change and Poverty: A new agenda for developed nations, Policy Press, 2014, x + 259 pp, hbk, 1 44730 087 8, £70, pbk, 1 44730 086 1, £24.99 Tony Fitzpatrick’s claim in this book is that climate change turns the tackling of poverty into a new agenda, for developed countries as well as for developing ones, because

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BOOK REVIEW: Global Social Policy in the Making: The foundations of the social protection floor

Bob Deacon, Global Social Policy in the Making: The foundations of the social protection floor, Policy Press, 2013, xii + 218 pp, 1 4473 1233 8, hbk, £70, 1 4473 1234 5, pbk, £24.99 In a world in which so many bad things happen, and in which so much media and academic reporting is of bad news, it is a

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Book review of Birnbaum, Simon. 2012. Basic Income Reconsidered: Social Justice, Liberalism, and the Demands of Equality

Book review of Birnbaum, Simon. 2012. Basic Income Reconsidered: Social Justice, Liberalism, and the Demands of Equality. Basic income guarantee series. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 246 pp. ISBN 978–0–230–11406–7 Published in Ethical Perspectives, vol.3, 2014, p.464-5. Roberto Merrill (University of Minho) In his book Basic Income Reconsidered: Social Justice, Liberalism, and the Demands of Equality, Simon Birnbaum builds a defence

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Review of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

This book was recommended to me as technology-based argument for the basic income guarantee (BIG), and it is, but its support is tentative and only for BIG in the form of the Negative Income Tax (NIT), not in the form of a Universal Basic Income (UBI). The authors define the computer revolution that is currently underway as “the second machine

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Malcolm Torry, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income

Malcolm Torry, Money for Everyone: Why we need a Citizen’s Income, Policy Press, 2013, xiv + 300 pp, 1 44731 125 6, pbk, £24.99, 1 44731 124 9, hbk, £70 Malcolm Torry delivers a blockbuster argument in favour of a Citizen’s Income to wholly or partially replace current benefits. His book is well-researched, well-informed, well-written, and is articulate and readable.

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David Reisman, The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen

David Reisman, The Social Economics of Thorstein Veblen, Edward Elgar, 2012, vii + 338 pp, hbk, 0 85793 218 1, £90 The dust jacket suggests that Thorstein Veblen’s writings are ‘difficult to read and understand’. Perhaps they are, but most of the many passages quoted in Reisman’s book are not. ‘The institutional structure of society subsists and we live within

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Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier and Joakim Palme (eds), Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Ideas, policies and challenges

Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier and Joakim Palme (eds), Towards a Social Investment Welfare State? Ideas, policies and challenges, Policy Press, 2012, xiv + 386 pp, pbk, 1 847 42925 4, £19.99, hbk, 1 847 42924 7, £70 Is the welfare state a cost or an investment? To take two examples: unemployment benefit is a cost; training for employment is an

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Robert A. Becker (ed.), The Economic Theory of Income Inequality

Robert A. Becker (ed.), The Economic Theory of Income Inequality, Edward Elgar, 2013, 0 85793 908 1, hbk, lvii + 636 pp, £225 Ten years ago, Edward Elgar published a two volume collection of reprinted articles, The Economics of Poverty and Inequality, edited by Frank Cowell. The publication of this new volume of reprints, a few of which are also

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