National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

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Penguin UK, Oct 25, 2018 - Political Science - 384 pages
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A crucial new guide to one of the most important and most dangerous phenomena of our time: the rise of populism in the West

Across the West, there is a rising tide of people who feel excluded, alienated from mainstream politics, and increasingly hostile towards minorities, immigrants and neo-liberal economics. Many of these voters are turning to national populist movements, which pose the most serious threat to the Western liberal democratic system, and its values, since the Second World War. From the United States to France, Austria to the UK, the national populist challenge to mainstream politics is all around us.

But what is behind this exclusionary turn? Who supports these movements and why? What does their rise tell us about the health of liberal democratic politics in the West? And what, if anything, should we do to respond to these challenges?

Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of the populist right, National Populism is a lucid and deeply-researched guide to the radical transformations of today's political landscape, revealing why liberal democracies across the West are being challenged-and what those who support them can do to help stem the tide.


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Clearly written, well-organized, and mostly well-argued; other reviewers have allowed their heads to explode over the idea that people who vote for nationalists and populists might actually have ... Read full review

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An excellent overview of the history of National Populism across the world and the issues and political actions which have encouraged the rise of populism. In the UK we currently have, as the book describes, 3 major populist parties: - UKIP, the Labour Party as reformed by the leadership of Corbin, and the Scottish National Party. The first 2 being UK National Populist parties and the 3rd a Scottish National Populist Party. A fascinating and revealing analysis as national populism becomes a major player in mainstream democratic politics across the world.
Dr Sian Caiach



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Matthew J. Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent. He has published four books, including the Sunday Times bestseller National Populism. He writes regularly for media including The Sunday Times, Financial Times and New York Times, and has advised more than 200 organisations on issues relating to politics. He lives in London.