Our Book of the Month choice for April

The SSL ‘Book of the Month’ feature highlights a book in our collection that has been chosen by one of our Subject Consultants. This may be a recent addition to our stock or an existing item that we would like to share with you.



Slippery Slope: Brexit and Europe’s Trouble Future

Giles Merritt

Oxford University Press, 2017

Shelfmark: JN30.MER 2017



The Book of the Month for April has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations. The choice was inspired by the certainty that Brexit will affect the lives of everyone in Britain, most people in the rest of Europe and many others around the world.

Book Overview

In Slippery Slope Giles Merritt argues that the steepness of Europe’s decline in the ‘Asian Century’ will depend on the actions we Europeans take. There are two key lessons that we need to face. Firstly, the ‘good times’ will not return without a massive effort on our part. Secondly, in a fast-developing world of 9-10 billion people, no single European country will survive and prosper on its own. In the final chapter Merritt proposes an ‘Urgent To-Do List’ for Europe’s policymakers if our comparatively privileged life styles are not to be threatened in the coming years.


‘Giles Merrit’s excellent and very readable book covers pretty comprehensively the issues which should be at the heart of the debate on Europe.’
Chris Patten (Lord Patten of Barnes), EU Commissioner for External Relations 1999-2004

‘Slippery Slope’s chief virtue is that, with chapters on Africa, Asia and the digital revolution, it places the EU’s challenges in broader global and technological contexts.’
Tony Barber, Financial Times Europe Editor

‘I strongly recommend the book not only to today’s readers with an interest in European issues, but also to the readers of tomorrow.’
Simeon Mitropolitski, LSE Review of Books

Where can I find it?

We have one Library Use Only copy of the title in stock. It is currently on display on top of our New Books Display Area (located around the corner from our Library Issue Desk). You are welcome to remove it from the display and take a look at in the Library. The shelfmark for the title is JN30.MER 2017

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