The journal publishes book reviews from the field of international relations and other related disciplines. The book reviews are not submitted to peer review but are edited by a member of the editorial team in charge of book reviews. On this page, we publish an up-to-date list of books for which we would like a review, and we can assist book reviewers in obtaining a review copy of a book from the list. Upon reaching an agreement with the Book Review Editor, reviewers can choose a title that they wish to review that is not on the list. Similarly to the journal’s research articles, the reviews are indexed in expert databases such as Scopus, ERIH PLUS, C.E.O.L., ProQuest, and Ebsco Political Science Complete. The author of a book review that is accepted for publication receives an one-year subscription to the printed version of our journal. The selection of the reviewed book is at the discretion of the reviewer.

Guidelines for book reviewers:


  • The year of publication of the reviewed book may not be more than three years before the expected publication of the review.

  • The length of the review should range from 1 500 – 2 500 words.

  • The review should briefly introduce the author or authors, provide information about the book’s thesis, objectives, structure and content, present its strengths and weaknesses and identify its potential audience.

  • Each review must include a critical evaluation of the book and its contribution.

  • The review style must match the formal manuscript requirements of our journal.

Reviews can be submitted to the Book Review Editor Míla O’Sullivan at osullivan@iir.cz.

 
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Discourse and Affect in Foreign Policy. Germany and the Iraq War

Jakub Eberle

2019 | Routledge

Foreign and security policy have long been removed from the political pressures that influence other areas of policymaking. This has led to a tendency to separate the analytical levels of the individual and the collective. Using Lacanian theory, w ...

 
 
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National Identity and Japanese Revisionism

Michal Kolmaš

2018 | Routledge

Over the course of the twentieth century, Japan has experienced a radical shift in its self-perception. After World War II, Japan embraced a peaceful and anti-militarist identity, which was based on its war-prohibiting Constitution and the foreign po ...

 
 
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Euroscepticism and the Future of European Integration

Catherine E. De Vries

2018 | Oxford University Press

The European Union (EU) is facing one of the rockiest periods in its existence. No time in its history has it looked so economically fragile, so unsecure about how to protect its borders, so divided over how to tackle the crisis of legitimacy facing ...

 
 
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The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Naomi Cahn, Dina Francesca Haynes, Nahla Valji (eds.)

2018 | Oxford University Press

The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict brings together leading interdisciplinary scholars, policymakers, and practitioners to address a complex range of challenges, contexts, geographies, and issues that arise for women and men in the context of ...

 
 
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Revisiting Gendered States. Feminist Imaginings of the State in International Relations

Swati Parashar, J. Ann Tickner, Jacqui True (eds.)

2018 | Oxford University Press

Two decades ago, V. Spike Peterson published a book titled Gendered States in which she asked, what difference does gender make in international relations and the construction of the sovereign state system? In the intervening years, a wealth of femin ...

 
 
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Protean Power. Exploring the Uncertain and Unexpected in World Politics

Peter J. Katzenstein, Lucia A. Seybert (eds.)

2018 | Cambridge University Press

Mainstream international relations continues to assume that the world is governed by calculable risk based on estimates of power, despite repeatedly being surprised by unexpected change. This ground breaking work departs from existing definitions of ...

 
 
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The World Economy through the Lens of the United Nations

José Antonio Ocampo, Anis Chowdhury, Diana Alarcón (eds.)

2018 | Oxford University Press

This edited volume documents the intellectual influence of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) through its flagship publication, the World Economic and Social Survey (WESS) on its 70th Anniversary. First publish ...

 
 
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Just Responsibility. A Human Rights Theory of Global Justice

A. Ackerly Brooke

2018 | Oxford University Press

It has been well-established that many of the injustices that people around the world experience every day, from food insecurity to unsafe labor conditions and natural disasters, are the result of wide-scale structural problems of politics and econom ...

 
 
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Development Aid and Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries

Carola Betzold, Florian Weiler (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book examines development aid for climate change adaptation. Increasing amounts of aid are used to help developing countries adapt to climate change. The authors seek to discover how this aid is distributed and what constitutes the patterns of a ...

 
 
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Pope Francis as a Global Actor. Where Politics and Theology Meet

Alynna J. Lyon, Christine A. Gustafson, Paul Christopher Manuel (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

Pope Francis confuses many observers because his papacy does not fit neatly into any pre-established classificatory schemes. To gain a deeper appreciation of Francis’s complicated papacy, this volume proposes that an interdisciplinary approach, fusin ...

 
 
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The Palgrave Handbook of Peacebuilding in Africa

Tony Karbo, Kudrat Virk (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This handbook offers a critical assessment of the African agenda for conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peacebuilding; the challenges and opportunities facing Africa’s regional organisations in their efforts towards building sustaina ...

 
 
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The Power of Memory and Violence in Central America

Rachel Hatcher

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book explores the power of words in post-Peace El Salvador and Guatemala—their violent and equally liberating power. The volume explores the entire post-Peace Accords era in both Central American countries. In “post-conflict” settings, denying o ...

 
 
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Hard Power in Hard Times. Can Europe Act Strategically?

Janne Haaland Matlary

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This book analyses whether European leaders are able to deal with the ‘hard power’ problems of military provocation, mass migration, and terrorism. Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was just one example of recent revisionist policies by the state. I ...

 
 
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The Revised European Neighbourhood Policy. Continuity and Change in EU Foreign Policy

Dimitris Bouris, Tobias Schumacher (eds.)

2017 | Palgrave Macmillan UK

This book analyses the revised European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) which entered into force in May 2011, thereby replacing its predecessor of 2003/2004. The edited volume provides a structured and comprehensive overview of the most recent development ...

 
 
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The European Neutrals and NATO. Non-alignment, Partnership, Membership?

Andrew Cottey (ed.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan UK

This book provides the first detailed comparative analysis of the unusual partnership between the main European neutral states and NATO. Neutrality and alliance membership are fundamentally incompatible, but through the vehicle of NATO’s post-Cold Wa ...

 
 
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Researching Emotions in International Relations. Methodological Perspectives on the Emotional Turn

Maéva Clément, Eric Sangar (eds.)

2018 | Palgrave Macmillan

This edited volume is the first to discuss the methodological implications of the ‘emotional turn’ in International Relations. While emotions have become of increasing interest to IR theory, methodological challenges have yet to receive proper attent ...

 
 
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Scientific Cosmology and International Orders

Bentley B. Allan

2018 | Cambridge University Press

Scientific Cosmology and International Orders shows how scientific ideas have transformed international politics since 1550. Allan argues that cosmological concepts arising from Western science made possible the shift from a sixteenth century order p ...

 
 
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Deconstructing the Dynamics of World-Societal Order. The Power of Governmentality in Palestine

Jan Busse

2018 | Routledge

To get a better sense of power dynamics in global politics, this book presents an innovative theoretical framework, combining a critical engagement with, and further development of, Michel Foucault’s governmentality on the one hand, and the theory of ...