Elgar Book Reviews

April 10, 2014

Book Reviews

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Our books are reviewed in a variety of places – from specialised journals to blogs, online newsletters and websites.

Please find below a selection of some of our recent reviews.

Book cover“….. the editors, who also contributed with excellent papers, have succeeded in the difficult task of structuring, systemising and arranging the different parts in a logical and coherent manner. This has resulted in a very readable book providing an exciting overview and up-to-date analysis of recent developments that have such a substantial impact on a very significant area of law and practice…..

….this book should also be of great interest to stakeholders, policy makers, judges and practitioners in intellectual property, competition and life science law, as well as to pharmaceutical companies and regulators….

….To cut it short: This is an enjoyable, readable and interesting book containing thorough studies of “hot” legal issues in the pharma sector converging in a decisive era for pharmaceutical innovation.”

Jur. Dr Timo Minssen LLM, MIL, Assoc Prof, Centre for Information & Innovation Law (CIIR), University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Visiting Scholar at the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, US. This material was first published by Thomson Reuters Limited in Timo Minssen, “Pharmaceutical Innovation, Competition and Patent Law – A Trilateral Perspective”, [2014] E.C.L.R. Issue 4, pp. 151-155 and is reproduced by agreement with the Publishers.




“Not since 1924 has there been a comprehensive yet readable book on economics aimed at the ordinary but intelligent citizen that defends and incorporates the field’s foundational principle, Say’s Law (named after Jean-Baptiste Say, 1767–1832) and its main corollaries: the primacy of production, the entrepreneur as prime mover, and prices as the commercial language that coordinates economies and their subsectors. Now we have such a book: Free Market Economics:An Introduction for the General Reader by Australian business economist Steven Kates….

…..The handful of texts on economic principles since the 1920s that recognize the superiority of a free economy have been too technical, narrowly devoted to refuting economic fallacies, or tainted by dubious philosophy. This book avoids such flaws. Kates accomplishes what was last achieved by Oxford professor Henry Clay (1883–1945) in Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader (1924). Better still, Kates’s book offers a modern, more sophisticated, more pro-capitalist treatment than did Clay’s book, and it provides the ideas people need to grasp and refute the disastrous dogmas and policies of Keynesianism…..

……Written for the intelligent layman, Kates’s book is readable, understandable, and thus retainable, not only because it conveys an array of solid truths, but because it is relatively free of the technical jargon, intrusive footnotes, and pretentious nomenclature that can grow like weeds in economic texts and impede learning. He makes judicious use of some graphs and charts, but only to better illustrate and concretize the more abstract principles….”

Dr. Salsman is an economist and president of InterMarket Forecasting, Inc.; review of Free Market Economics: An Introduction for the General Reader in the Spring Issue of The Objective Standard.

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Book cover“The WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights: a Commentary, also published by Edward Elgar Publishing, has been put together by the Australian team of Justin Malbon, Charles Lawson and Mark Davison. It’s a well-crafted, non-pompous work and one which greatly commends itself to this Kat. The authors effectively let the text of the law itself lead their discussion, guiding the user through it with an economy of expression and with genuinely helpful references rather than the bibliographic blunderbusses with which some modern writers tend to pepper the topic for fear of being thought to have missed one from the list. It’s well indexed and easy to navigate too.  According to the publishers’ web-blurb:

“This Commentary on the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) provides a detailed textual analysis of TRIPS – a pivotal international agreement on intellectual property rights. …

This reference book is a major authoritative work that is clearly organised and presented, allowing users to navigate quickly to commentary on any element of TRIPS. The book begins with a context-setting section, providing guidance on interpreting TRIPS. It considers the salient elements of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes, and the preamble to the Agreement Establishing the WTO. The book then follows the seven part structure of TRIPS, and provides an article-by-article analysis of each of its 73 provisions and specifically addresses the interpretation of key phrases in each article”.

And that is what you get.  This Kat thinks that this will be his first port of call when researching TRIPS and WTO IP issues in future.”

Professor Jeremy Phillips; review of The WTO Agreement On Trade-Related Aspects Of Intellectual Property RightsThe IPKat blog.


Book cover“….Sara Hsu’s survey of recent global financial history tells a compelling story of how rapid financial deregulation in the absence of global policy coordination has led to economic disaster time and time again….

….This book is a valuable point of reference to anyone interested in international financial history and policy making. Despite the vast scope of the undertaking, the author skilfully identifies the most important aspects of the numerous crisis episodes and provides a concise summary without getting lost in the details.”

Judit Temesvary, Hamilton College; review of Financial Crises, 1929 To The Present in Journal of Economic Literature 2014, 52(1), 227-229.


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