on 6 August 2012
This edited book focuses on British foreign policy under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. It offers a new theoretical model and covers an interesting range of issues. The scholarly quality is high, the book has a good structure, and it contains some original ideas. I particularly like the fact that these authors are offering something unique from the existing literature, and have moved on from the focus on ethics of the early Blair years. The model it proposes for understanding and explaining British foreign policy today, namely the interplay of identity, ethics and power, is particularly interesting, and gives the research originality, a strong core and analytical basis. It is well written, and unlike many edited books, there is a real coherence to the work and the chapters complement each other. This book will be of interest to students, academics, and foreign policy practitioners.