Books by Teivo

For various books of mine in English, Finnish, Spanish and Arabic, including both nice and dull book covers, see the University of Helsinki site of Teivo Teivainen.

Ah, before I forget, you can download for free various publications of mine at my site.

My next book in English will be on political representation in movement, focusing on the World Social Forum, to be published by Routledge, London and New York.

My next book in Finnish will be on history of Finland, based on my World Political City Walks. Maailmanpolitiittinen kaupunkikävely, to be published by Into, Helsinki.


Of the freely downloadable stuff, one little piece, probably too short to really call it a book, is Past Injustice in World Politics. Coauthored with my friend Tuomas Forsberg, who is today Professor of International Politics at the University of Tampere, it is an attempt to think about world politics with insights derived from our other projects on truth commissions. I still tend to believe it proposes some insights, but I am obviously biased.

If you do not want to read the whole publication, you could have a look at the preface by Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu who claims that our publication “breaks new ground by exploring the global and international dimensions of truth commissions”. The publication was product of a research project Tuomas and I did for the office of Martti Ahtisaari, who later joined Tutu in the group of Nobel Peace Prize winners.


One of my books I could also highlight here is Enter Economism, Exit Politics: Experts, Economic Policy and the Damage to Democracy (London and New York: Zed Books 2002). It was the winner of the Terence K. Hopkins Award of the American Sociological Association, and a revised version of the book was published also in Spanish. By linking the title of the book above, you can get to Google Books version where at least the preface by Immanuel Wallerstein is available.

In the book I use and develop the concept of economism. Over the years, and still today, I have come to believe that the concept of economism is both analytically and ideologically a more reasonable way to approach politics of privatization that the concept of “neoliberalism”. This is something I am happy, of course, to argue about.

The comments that the book received included:

“An excellent case study, a great book.” –Ulrich Beck, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

“A very convincing argument. The first three chapters (…) are first-rate. They present the theoretical case with tremendous clarity and constitute the best presentation of this subject of which I am aware, one insufficiently discussed in the literature. These chapters alone are an original contribution to social science. The chapters on Peru are clear and equally persuasive. Teivainen keeps to the subject and pursues it well. He raises important questions about the limits to democracy deriving from policies that are widely applied today accross the world-system. This too is a major contribution.” –Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

“This original contribution to the literature on constitutionalism and political economy sheds important light on how the ‘economic’ and the ‘political’ are constituted in national and international political life in an era of intensified globalization. (…) An important and timely challenge to much of the conventional wisdom in Latin American studies and studies of world politics.” –Stephen Gill, York University

“This book is without doubt the most accurate recent analysis of the Peruvian experience over the past few decades.” –Aníbal Quijano, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

“An ambitious and impressive book that makes an important contribution to our knowledge of Peru and to larger theoretical debates on neoliberalism in Latin America.” Maxwell A. Cameron, University of British Columbia.


With my friend and colleague Heikki Patomäki (we are today the two full professors in the field of World Politics at the University of Helsinki), we wrote a book on global democracy initiatives, published as A Possible World: Democratic Transformation of Global Institutions (London and New York: Zed Books 2004). Various versions of the book, with some differences, have later been published in Arabic, Spanish and Finnish. There was also an earlier version

The comments for this book included:

“Does it sometimes seem to you that it is impossible to transform the global system to make it more democratic? Heikki Patomaki and Teivo Teivainen provide the most comprehensive guide of proposals to democratize the global institutions and create new ones. This is a book for all of those who want to engage in practical projects of democratic change.” – Michael Hardt, Duke University

“This book adds substance to the slogan that another world is possible.” –Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

”Stimulating exploration of global democracy.” –Jan Aart Scholte, London School of Economics


Spanish readers are welcome to freely download my book Pedagogía del poder mundial, that was published first as print version in Peru by Cedep but has how now been republished as pdf e-book by Into.

The pedagogy book was a step in my continuous attempt to build an approach to think about the world as a school. It introduces and develops my concept on Latin Americanization of Europe, that I have later explored for example in my article Pedagogy of Global Development that appeared in Third World Quarterly. This is an ongoing project, and I believe today the Latin Americanization of Europe is perhaps more obvious than when I first proposed the idea in the 1990s.


Some years ago I wrote a small book in Finnish on the Impasse of Corporate Responsibility. You can download it for free here.   As the book is in Finnish, a glimpse on some of its ideas in English can be seen right here.


Last but not least, let me highlight the most recent book. In 2016 Maria Manner and I authored a book on Brazil. It was in Finnish, and the name was simply Brasilia (Siltala publishers). We have received quite nice feedback, both in the biggest written media of Finland and in various TV and radio programs. In 2017, we received an honorary award by Lauri Jäntti Foundation for the book.

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