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The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic
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The Great Recoil: Politics After Populism and Pandemic (Hardback)

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In this era of economic crisis, social distress, and ecological threats, the term "populism" has come to sum up anxiety about our political future. While it is mostly associated with rightwing demagogues such as Donald Trump, Matteo Salvini and Jair Bolsonaro, various figures of the "post-crash Left", such as Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn and Pablo Iglesias have also been branded "populist", for the way they express that distrust of the elites and belief in ordinary people that have become key motifs of our zeitgeist.

The Great Recoil suggests that we have entered a post-neoliberal and populist era, in which the populist idiom of sovereignty, protection and control has become hegemonic on both the Left and the Right. Weaving concepts from classics such as Plato, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Gramsci, Polanyi and Schumpeter with commentaries on the words and deeds of contemporary populist leaders, the book argues that populism is successful because it captures widespread anger at the chaos unleashed by globalisation and a popular demand for community and security that is politically ambiguous. Rather, than casting itself as anti-populist, the Left needs to articulate this idiom towards progressive ends, developing a post-global socialism committed to protecting the people and controlling the markets while re-asserting the power of the state.

History & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesSocialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologiesHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical parties Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 27/07/2021 ISBN-13: 9781788730501  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Paolo Gerbaudo is an Italian sociologist and political theorist based at King's College London where he acts as Director of the Centre for Digital Culture. He is the author of three books on social movements, politics and populism: Tweets and the Streets (2012), The Mask and the Flag (2017) and The Digital Party (2019). He regularly writes for various news media including The New Statesman and The Guardian.

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