Our Book of the Month choice for February

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.


Platform capitalism

Nick Srnicek

Polity Press, 2016

Shelfmark: HC79.I55.SRN 2016





The Book of the Month for February has been selected by John Southall, Bodleian Data Librarian and Subject Consultant for Economics, Sociology and Social Policy and Intervention. It was chosen because of the way it offers insights into the direction of the digital economy not just in terms of technology or social impact but also as part of the wider system of capitalism and ongoing economic development.

Book Overview

This brief and succinct book begins with a consideration of three economic milestones of the last fifty years: ‘the response to the 1970s downturn; the boom and bust of the 1990s; and the response to the 2008 crisis’. Srnicek then outlines the rise of business models capitalising on big data and the development of their monopolising platforms. In this characterisation, data is synonymous with oil, i.e. a resource ‘to be extracted, refined, and used in a variety of ways’ (40). He then assesses the present state of the platforms – specifically their tendencies towards monopoly competition and their options for future development or extinction.


‘…Srnicek builds an illuminating 120-page dissertation on where the platform came from, and where it might take us.’                                                                           Literary Review of Canada

‘Platform Capitalism aims to undermine the self-aggrandising narratives of Silicon Valley, casting a critical eye onto the landscape of the leading capitalist firms.’        Polity – Book Reviews

Where can I find it?

We have one library use only copy of the title. The shelfmark is HC79.I55.SRN 2016.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.


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Learn something new in 2018: find out more about courses you can attend to aid your studies and research

The Bodleian Libraries and the Social Sciences Division are offering a wide variety of courses this Hilary Term. So if you are interested in improving your research skills or want to make more effective use of scholarly materials then read on below.


The Research Skills Toolkit is a free hands-on workshop for graduate research students. In a lively 2-hour session, you will try out a variety of tools and online services to support your research. Repeat sessions will be taking place this January:

  • Tues 16th Jan, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Thurs 18th Jan, 14:00 – 16:00
Sessions will take place at Oxford University IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

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Our Book of the Month choice for January

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.


Europe reset: new directions for the EU

Richard Youngs

I.B. Tauris, 2018

Shelfmark: JN15.YOU 2018 





The Book of the Month for January has been selected by Jo Gardner, Bodleian Social Science Librarian and Subject Consultant for Politics and International Relations. The choice was inspired by the multitude of political shocks that have rocked European politics in the last 2 years.

Book Overview

In the last decade, the EU has been hit by a series of crises, most recently the UK’s decision to leave the union following the Brexit referendum. In light of this, questions have been raised about the need to reform the whole model of European integration, with the aim of making the union more flexible and accountable.

In Europe Reset, Richard Youngs proposes an alternative vision of European co-operation and shows how the EU must re-invent itself if it is to survive. He argues that citizens should play a greater role in European decision-making, that there should be more flexibility in the process of integration and that Europe needs to take a new, more coherent, approach to questions of defence and security. In proposing this model for a `reset’ Europe, Youngs puts forward a new agenda for the future of the EU.


‘An original and provocative contribution to the continuing debate about the future of Europe. The EU at the time of writing seems to be recovering from the succession of problems created by the financial crisis and its impact on the euro. As Richard Youngs stresses, much more is needed. “Output democracy” is not enough – reform must be driven by citizenship engagement and activism, and on a wide scale.’
Anthony Giddens, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, London School of Economics

‘Europe Reset blends common sense with imagination and analytical depth. It deserves a wide readership across Europe.
Tony Barber, Financial Times Europe Editor

‘In this stimulating book, Richard Youngs rightly diagnoses the need to reconnect democratic civic energies with innovative policy-making for a continent that is ready for a new politics.’
Luuk van Middelaar, author of The Passage to Europe

‘Let us hope his book leads to more creative solutions to the EU’s democracy challenge.’
Marietje Schaake, MEP

Where can I find it?

We have one lending 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) but is available to be borrowed. The shelfmark for the title is JN15.YOU 2018

We also have an electronic legal deposit copy of the title. Online access for this material is restricted to library computers in any of the Bodleian Libraries. A link to it can be found on SOLO.

What would your SSL Book of the Month be? Do you have a favourite book in our collection? If so, we would love to know what it is. Add a comment below or email us.

Last SSL Stack Request delivery before the Christmas Vacation


The last stack request delivery to the SSL before our Christmas closure period (Sat 23rd Dec to Mon 1st Jan) (dates inclusive)) will be on the morning of Thursday 21st December. Readers who wish to receive items in that last delivery must place their order on SOLO no later than 7.20pm on Wednesday 20th December.

The first delivery of the New Year will take place on the morning we re-open, Tuesday 2nd January. 

Items ordered over the library closure period will be delivered on Tuesday 2nd January or shortly afterwards.



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Monday – Friday: 9am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

Sunday: CLOSED








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(The library will close at 5pm on Friday 22nd December and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 2nd January)