In this succinct overview of contemporary populism, Axford dispels the myth of the new populism's conceptual opposition to globalization. Instead, he charts the connections between the forces of the new 21st century globalization and the rise of national populism. The author brilliantly incorporates the role of localism in the emergence of populist movements and shows how these localist forces provide a new narrative for interpreting globalization in the 21st century.
Challenging the common view of globalization and populism as opposing forces shaping our age of instability, Axford's brilliant analysis explains the rise of "postmodern populism" as an integral feature of the current unsettled phase of globalization. Comprehensive yet accessible, this insightful book lays bare the complex dynamics and impacts of the politics of anger and resentment behind the global rise of Trumpism in a world wavering between nationalist retrenchment and globalist expansion. A must-read!
Barrie Axford’s Populism vs. The New Globalization is a truly innovative contribution, not merely to the themes of populism and globalization but, even more significantly, it constitutes a major intervention in the relationship between the pair. Populism and globalization are two of the most salient but problematic issues of our time. Axford brings them into conceptual alignment in a highly interesting, intriguing, and constructive manner. I recommend this book unreservedly.
Barrie Axford’s book offers a thoughtful tour d’horizon of contours of populism across many dimensions and from diverse intellectual vantage points. This book is a probing, insightful journey and a great read.
Professor Axford deals with two hefty ideas, populism and globalization, in a little book in his usual masterful way. Populism, commonly perceived as a nemesis of globalization, is indeed part of globalization’s fundamental dialectics. In the first decades of the twenty-first century, the world is being haunted by the specters of populism and globalization.
Searching, racy, and nuanced. This is a theoretical thriller, written on the wings of contemporary events. It seeks to understand gales of change. What is this new kind of populism? What is happening to contemporary globalization? Barrie Axford writes darkly and brilliantly from inside the storm.
In this brief, densely argued book, Axford offers an analysis of the interrelationships
of globalization and populism that challenges simplistic notions
of both causality and effects. Offering a nuanced, careful exposition of core
ideas and practices embedded in both concepts, Axford argues that contemporary
globalization has empowered and framed a postmodern populism – one
informed by the mediatization of contemporary life and recently-emerged
social and economic forces linked to new forms of globalization.
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