National Populism. The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy.

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Publication Date 2018
ISBN 978-02-4131200-1
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A guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of the 21st century: the rise of national populism

Across the West, there was a rising tide of people who felt excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters were turning to national populist movements, which had begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK.

This radical turn, we were told, was a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders were fascistic and their politics anti-democratic; their existence a side-show to liberal democracy. But this version of events, as Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin showed, could not be further from the truth.

Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of national populism, this book was an important guide to the transformed political landscape. Challenging conventional wisdoms, Eatwell and Goodwin made a compelling case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism - not least because it is a tide that won't be stemmed anytime soon.

Related Links
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 26.10.18: Nativists, racists and other nasty people? Understanding who populists are and what they really want
ESO In Focus, July 2018: Populist politics in Europe
LSE European Institute: EuroppBlog, 29.10.18: The liberal conception of ‘freedom’ is incapable of addressing the problems of contemporary capitalism
Chatham House: Video, 24.10.18: Chatham House Primer: National Populism

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