10 July 2023

Summer Readings: Eight Recent Faculty Publications

This semester saw the publication of eight books by Geneva Graduate Institute faculty. From the reshaping of European institutions to the destruction of the Amazon, increased emphasis on human rights and consequences of the War in Ukraine, these eight recent publications span the Institute's areas of expertise and provide exceptional insight on the issues facing the world today.

Economics of European Integration


The Economics of European Integration

Richard Baldwin and Charles Wyplosz

The seventh edition of this definitive text on European economic integration reflects the profound changes undergone by the European Union, with its 13 new member states, Brexit, eight new members of the European Monetary Union. European institutions have also been significantly reshaped, with new initiatives taken in the wake of the Covid pandemic and the invasion of Ukraine. This new edition provides students with an accessible presentation of the facts, theories and controversies that are driving rapid change at the heart of Europe. It updates the text to reflect the latest data, developments and events in context within every chapter to offer an expert analysis of the contemporary status of integration within the European Union.

McGraw Hill. August 2022. Learn more.


Direitos Humanos


Direitos Humanos: uma breve introdução

Andrew Clapham

This new Portuguese translation of Andrew Clapham’s second edition of Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction covers the history and philosophy of human rights and details developments concerning rights related to torture, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, freedom of expression and discrimination. Issues related to lethal force through the use of drones and the so-called “right to be forgotten” are discussed, and there are sections on the rights of persons with disabilities. According to the author, “there is sometimes a tendency among those working in international organisations or in international relations to consider human rights merely as ‘aspirations’ or ‘desires’. Human rights today belong to all individuals and not to some future utopia. If those rights are violated, it represents a violation of the law, not the disruption of a dream. Those convicted of genocide or torture go to prison. States found in violation of human rights pay out compensation. Of course many human rights violations go unpunished but claims related to injustice continue to be framed as demands for human rights to be respected.”

Dialética (Brazil). September 2022. Learn more.


O Destino da Floresta


O Destino Da floresta: Desenvolvedores destruidores e defensores da Amazônia

Susanna Hecht and Alexander Cockburn

First published in 1989, Fate of the Forest: Developers, Destroyers, and Defenders of the Amazon now exists in Portuguese. A foundational analysis for understanding the processes and politics of Brazilian Amazon development and its current destruction as a part of contemporary development history, the book is framed through its complex but largely ignored deeper social history. through its complex but largely ignored deeper social history. It contextualises the dynamics of Brazilian occupation in the Cold War period within the national political ambitions of the military dictatorship and the resistance to it as Amazonia broke into a land war among indigenous and traditional populations, battling against the large-scale corporate ranches, mines and small-scale settlers. Framing the social movements and their environmental allies as part of an emergent political ecology, the book places Amazonia into a
recognisable social history of transformation, one with huge local and planetary environmental costs.

Editora Unesp. December 2022. Learn more.

Cultural Nationhood and Political Statehood


Cultural Nationhood and Political Statehood: The Birth of Self-Determination

Andre Liebich

Following several contemporary studies of nationalism, Andre Liebich provides a critical examination of the peculiarly modern concurrence of cultural nations and political states as it developed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He argues that this is one of the most fateful coincidences of modernity; so firmly engraved in today’s consciousness that most scholars and policymakers assume the correlation of cultural nationhood and political statehood to be intellectually unproblematic, yet the consequences have been overwhelming. The conflation of cultural nation and political state has imposed an isomorphism of language, culture, and politics upon the world. It has predetermined democratic practice by enforcing the doctrine that the will of the people can only be the will of a people. It has led to the assumption that every nation may become a state. The book’s originality lies in tracing the genesis and the elaboration over time of this curious contemporary assumption.

Routledge. July 2022. Learn more.

Urban Politics of Human Rights


Urban Politics of Human Rights

Edited by Janne Nijman, Barbara Oomen, Elif Durmuş, Sara Miellet and Lisa Roodenburg

Increasingly, urban actors invoke human rights to address inequalities, combat privatisation and underline common aspirations, or protect vested (private) interests. The potential and the pitfalls of these processes are conditioned by the urban and are deeply political. These urban politics of human rights are at the heart of this book. An international line-up of contributors with long-term engagement in this field shed light on these politics on four continents and eight cities, presenting a wealth of empirical detail and disciplinary theoreticalisation perspectives. They analyse the “city society”, the urban actors involved and the mechanisms of human rights mobilisation. In doing so, they show the commonalities in rights engagement in today’s globalised and often deeply unequal cities characterised by urban law, private capital but also communities that rally around concepts as the “right to the city”. Most importantly, the chapters highlight the conditions under which this mobilisation truly contributes to social justice, be it concerning the simple right to presence, cultural rights, accessible housing or healthcare.

Cities and Global Governance. Routledge. November 2022. Available in open access.

New Mediums Better Messages


New Mediums, Better Messages?
How Innovations in Translation, Engagement, and Advocacy Are Changing International

Co-edited by David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock

The notion of development influences and is influenced by all aspects of human life. Social science is but one representational option among many for conveying the ways in which development is conceived, encountered, experienced, justified, courted, and/or resisted by different groups at particular times and places. As international development has become more quantitative and economics-centred, there is an enduring sense that what is measured (and thus “valued” and prioritised) has become too narrow, that the powers of prediction has overreached, and that the human dimension is in danger of being lost. Reflecting this concern, this book contributes to new conversations between science, social science and the humanities around the roles different kinds of knowledge, stories and data play in relation to global development through multidisciplinary representations of development, including music, photography, theatre, radio, video games, blogs and fiction.

Oxford University Press. October 2022. Available in open access.

Global Economic Consequences of the War in Ukraine


Global Economic Consequences of the War In Ukraine
Sanctions, Supply Chains and Sustainability

Edited by Luis Garicano, Dominic Rohner and Beatrice Weder di Mauro

Six months of war have caused extensive damage to Ukraine and have had a transformative impact on the world’s economic, financial and geopolitical status quo. The effects have been wide-ranging and unequal among countries, contributing towards global food shortages, a European energy crisis, mounting geopolitical tensions and rising inflation. In response to these extraordinary circumstances, CEPR set up a VoxEU debate that invited research contributions to assess and inform the evolving policy debate. This book gathers a selection of the most pertinent of these submissions for an early stocktaking of lessons and to provide a first assessment of what might lie ahead.

CEPR Press. September 2022. Available in open access.

Rebuilding Ukraine


Rebuilding Ukraine: Principles and Policies

Edited by Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Ilona Sologoub and Beatrice Weder di Mauro
This book offers a comprehensive analysis of what Ukraine should become after the war and what tools policymakers can use to fulfil these goals. While each chapter of the book covers a specific sector, there is an overarching agreement that Ukraine’s reconstruction should involve a comprehensive transformation of the country. Reconstruction is not about rebuilding Ukraine to the pre-war state; it is about a deep modernisation of the country on its path to European Union accession. Critical reform will help Ukraine escape its post-Soviet legacy and become a full-fledged democracy with a modern economy, strong institutions and a powerful defence sector. Ukraine’s ownership of the reconstruction will be key to its success.

CEPR Press. December 2022. Available in open access.