I reviewed four recent books on the translation of policies, assemblages and the growing role of ethnography in public policy and urban studies in a new book review essay published in Environment and Planning C. These books are as follows:

Blaustein Jarrett, Speaking truths to power: Policy ethnography and police reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK, 2015; 272 pp. ISBN 978-0-198-72329-5, $110 (hbk)

Clarke John, Bainton David, Lendvai Noemi, and Stubbs Paul, Making policy move: Towards a politics of translation and assemblage. Policy Press: Bristol, UK, 2015; 224 pp. ISBN 978-1-447-31336-6, $115.00 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-447-31337-3, $44.95 (pbk)

Kingfisher Catherine, A policy travelogue: Tracing welfare reform in Aotearoa/New Zealand and Canada. Berghahn Press: New York, USA and Oxford, UK, 2013; 230 pp. ISBN 978-1-782- 38005-4, $120.00/»75.00 (hbk), ISBN 978-1-785-33221-0, $29.95/»18.50 (pbk)

Peck Jamie and Theodore Nik, Fast policy: Experimental statecraft at the thresholds of neoliberalism. University of Minnesota Press: Minneapolis, USA and London, UK, 2015; 328 pp. ISBN 978-0-816-67730-6 $105.00 (hbk), ISBN 978-0-816-67731-3 $30.00 (pbk)

The article is published first online and will appear in print either later this year or early next year. You can read the book review essay here.

For ADA University students, all four books are available in the ADA library for you to read.


Assistant Professor at International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands

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