Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Roger Brown, professor of higher education policy at Liverpool Hope University, is reading Lawrence D. Brown and Lawrence R. Jacobs' The Private Abuse of the Public Interest (University of Chicago Press, 2008). "Market interventions in healthcare, education and transportation go through a familiar cycle of dogma, exploitation, and institutional and service breakdown, leading to government intervention - as we have seen with the banks - and this book shows that markets' performance depends on the institutional framework that surrounds and shapes them. In public policy terms, the issue is not one of market or government, but how to strike the best balance between them."

Gary Day, principal lecturer in English, De Montfort University, is reading Paul W. Kahn's Out of Eden: Adam and Eve and the Problem of Evil (Princeton University Press, 2006). "The Fall turns us into finite beings who long for the infinite. Love is one response to this condition; evil is the other. We escape our mortality by making another die in our place. 'Evil is love gone wrong.' A wonderful book that by emphasising the existential dimension of evil rescues it from being simply, in Hannah Arendt's word, 'banal'."

Ivor Gaber, professor of political journalism at City University London and research professor in media and politics at the University of Bedfordshire, is reading Christian Wolmar's Engines of War: How Wars Were Won and Lost on the Railways (Atlantic, 2011). …

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