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Koen Haegens' Book on Financial Markets on longlist J.M. Brusseprijs

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The book The Biggest Show on Earth. The Myth of the Market Economy (Dutch) by Koen Haegens is nominated for the J.M. Brusseprijs 2016, the award for the best journalistic book in the Netherlands. Koen Haegens was journalist-in-residence 2014/15 and worked on the nominated book during his stay at NIAS. 

About the Brusseprijs

The jury of the Brusseprijs – Judith Koelemeijer, Hans Goossen and Greta Riemersma – has announced a longlist of fifteen of the best books of journalism of 2016. The winner will be announced on Saturday 18 June. The prize is an initiative of the Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten

About the Book

Few abstractions dominate our everyday lives as much as ‘the market’. We get our daily necessities through it, we search for work on the ‘labour market’ and even hope to find love through the ‘dating market’. According to many politicians and commentators, ‘the markets’ even dictate the policies of democratically elected governments. So what is ‘the market’? How do modern markets function? And are we really living in a ‘market economy’? What if ‘the market’ is a myth?

About Koen Haegens

Koen Haegens has been editor at weekly newspaper De Groene Amsterdammer since 2006. He studied political science and journalism. In 2012, he published Neem de tijd. Overleven in de to go-maatschappij (Ambo) on the political and social roots of the modern rat race. He spent the autumn of 2014 at NIAS as journalist-in-residence, writing on the myth of the market economy. 

Koen Haegens reports on his NIAS stay, and working in an environment away from the everyday hectic of a journalist’s life (in Dutch)


Longlist Brusseprijs voor het beste journalistieke boek
The Biggest Show on Earth. The Myth of the Market Economy (Dutch)
Journalist-in-Residence programme