In recent years links between big business and government have become stronger and more far-reaching than ever. These business elites operate behind the scenes - directing planning, setting standards and fashioning government to maximise their own profits. Accountable to no one, secretive and highly organized, these shadow sovereigns are making a mockery of democracy. It is high time we challenged this assault on our rights and our institutions. In this incisive and clear-sighted book, Susan George provides us with the practical knowledge to do just that.
"Susan Georgeís work has provided deep understanding of the world in which we live. Shadow Sovereigns carries these insights further to the carefully hidden core of global decision-making..."
Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
TTIP: The Truth about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
Ferdi De Ville and Gabriel Siles-Brugge
Siles-Brugge and De Ville scrutinize the claims made by TTIPís cheerleaders and scaremongers to reveal a far more nuanced picture behind the headlines. TTIP will not provide an economic cure-all, nor will it destroy the European welfare state in one fell swoop. TTIP could well prove to be a game-changer - just not in the way imagined by its backers.
"This essential study should be read by anyone who cares about democracy and the sovereignty of parliaments. If you care, you should understand, and there is no better means of understanding than reading this book."
Surveillance After Snowden
In this compelling account, surveillance expert David Lyon guides the reader through Snowdenís ongoing disclosures: the technological shifts involved, the steady rise of invisible monitoring of innocent citizens, the collusion of government agencies and for-profit companies and the implications for how we conceive of privacy in a democratic society infused by the lure of big data.
"David Lyonís new book on surveillance post Snowden builds on his indispensable body of work to understand the dangers of mass surveillance."
Laura Poitras, Filmmaker and Journalist
Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics
Henry Jenkins, Mizuko Ito and Danah Boyd
In the last two decades the conception and practice of participatory culture have been transformed by the new affordances enabled by digital, networked and mobile technologies. This exciting new book explores that transformation by bringing together three leading figures in conversation. Jenkins, Ito and Boyd examine the ways in which our personal and professional lives are shaped by experiences interacting with and around emerging media.
In this illuminating new book Christopher Coker takes us on an incredible journey into the future of warfare. Focusing on contemporary trends that are changing the nature and dynamics of armed conflict, he shows how conflict will continue to evolve in ways that are unlikely to render our century any less bloody than the last.
Ego: The Game of Life
"Frank Schirrmacher convincingly shows connections among such ostensibly disparate issues as the language of the Cold War and that of the trading floor, as he demonstrates how algorithms and statistical models have become the overwhelmingly dominant means we use to understand the brain, the market, the state and nature. In the end the human person becomes defined as a problem, because unable to be reduced to calculation in this way. This critique of contemporary egoism from the editor of Germanyís leading liberal conservative newspaper makes chilling but highly thought-provoking reading."
Colin Crouch, University of Warwick
"This book reads like a sociological thriller."
Ulrich Beck, Die Welt
"Sylvia Walbyís new social-complexity analysis of the current crises adds an essential dimension, addressing the financial, economic, welfare state and political ramifications of the crisis as strongly connected dynamics. She convincingly argues why the conflict between democracy and capitalism can only be resolved through a deepening of democracy. As such, her book is an indispensable academic intervention in the politics of knowledge and empowers academics, politicians and citizens alike to address crisis."
Mieke Verloo, Radboud University
"A systematic, mind-changing, and remarkable read which debunks the myths about China s economic supremacy and provides an optimistic rallying cry for US companies. Outstanding!"
Clinton O. Longenecker, Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence, University of Toledo
"Jeremy Haft's "Unmade in China" explains why the idea of Declining America vs Rising China is simplistic at best and downright deceptive at worst. He cuts through the emotional responses to China’s "rise" to detail why that country's unregulated manufacturing poses important risks and big opportunities for Americans. This is a must read for anyone who dares to look to the trees inside China’s expanding forest."
Ian Bremner – President of Eurasia Group
Who is Charlie?: Xenophobia and the New Middle Class
"Who Is Charlie? stands out from all that has been written on the two massacres that took place in Paris in January 2015. It is an impressive analysis and a gripping read – I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. Emmanuel Todd's concern is not merely to trace the cause of these crimes but to reflect on them as a way of understanding the structural contradictions of contemporary France - a nation that continually invokes its Jacobin legacy (liberty, equality, fraternity) and yet allows that legacy to be undermined. This book is a brilliantly argued polemic and essential reading for understanding Islamophobia as a symptom of neo-Republican France in crisis."
Talal Asad, CUNY Graduate Center
Can Science End War?
In this timely new book, Everett Dolman examines the relationship between science and war. Historically, science has played an important role in ending wars - think of the part played by tanks in breaching trench warfare in the First World War, or atom bombs in hastening the Japanese surrender in the Second World War - but to date this has only increased the danger and destructiveness of future conflicts. Could science ever create the conditions of a permanent peace, either by making wars impossible to win, or so horrific that no one would ever fight? Ultimately, Dolman argues that science cannot, on its own, end war without also ending what it means to be human.
Have Bacteria Won?
In this timely new book, eminent bacteriologist Hugh Pennington explores why fears remain concerning epidemics and why they are unfounded. He reports on outright victories (such as smallpox), battles where the enemy is on its last stand (polio), surprise attacks from vegetarian bats (Ebola, SARS) and demented cows (BSE). Qualified optimism, he argues, is the message for the future but the battles will go on forever.
The Cunning of Uncertainty
Uncertainty is interwoven into human existence. It is a powerful incentive in the search for knowledge and an inherent component of scientific research. We have developed many ways of coping with uncertainty. The burning question is whether our societies can face up to uncertainty, learn to embrace it and whether we can open up to a constantly evolving future. In this new book, Helga Nowotny shows how research can thrive at the cusp of uncertainty. Science, she argues, can eventually transform uncertainty into certainty, but into certainty which remains always provisional.
Iran at the Crossroads
In this incisive analysis, Amin Saikal traces Iranís transition from pro-Western monarchy to Islamic Republic and explores the choices open to Rouhaniís moderate reformist government. Looking to the future, Saikal does not shy away from confronting the difficult choices facing Iran today. Failure to achieve reconciliation with the United States in the coming years, he argues, will not only have serious implications for Iranís internal stability and for the future security of the Middle East, but also for America s position within this volatile and unpredictable region.
The Polar Regions: An Environmental History
Despite being located at opposite ends of the planet and being significantly different in many ways, Adrian Howkins argues that the environmental histories of the Arctic and Antarctica share much in common and have often been closely connected. As places of inherent contradiction, the Polar Regions have much to contribute to the way we think about environmental history and the environment more generally.
In principle the advanced, market-driven world in which we now live is fuelled by knowledge, information and transparency, but in practice the processes that produce this world systematically corrupt and denigrate knowledge: this is the powerful and provocative argument advanced by Colin Crouch in his latest exploration of societies on the road to post-democracy.
The Future of Whiteness
Linda Martín Alcoff
White identity is in ferment. White, European Americans living in the United States will soon share an unprecedented experience of slipping below 50% of the population. This is the political and cultural reality tackled by Linda MartŪn Alcoff in The Future of Whiteness, a book which makes no predictions but astutely analyzes the present reaction and evaluates the current signs of turmoil. Beautifully written and cogently argued, the book looks set to spark debate in the field and to illuminate an important area of racial politics.