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National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  247 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

A crucial new guide to one of the most urgent political phenomena of our time: the rise of national populism

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 pop
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Paperback, 344 pages
Published October 25th 2018 by Pelican
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Dan Sumption
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
In the wake of Brexit, Trump, and the increasing popularity of national populist movements in Italy, France, Hungary and elsewhere, this book promises to answer three questions:
"What is behind the rise of national populism in the west?"
"Who supports these movements, and why?"
"And how will they change the face of politics in years to come?"

Of these three, only the second is dealt with adequately. The authors tackle many myths about the "who" - in particular the belief that national populists are
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AnnaG
An international look at populist parties in different nations over the last 20 years. The authors situate Trump/Le Pen/Brexit as part of a broader trend.

There is an especially interesting graph at the end which shows that right-of-centre parties have moved to more solidly right wing, but at the same time left-of-centre parties have moved decisively rightwards leaving a vacuum of groups of under-represented people.

The book is rather too statistics heavy with an awful lot of opinion polls quoted
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Tim Pendry

Published in 2018, I suspect that this popular social science book on the relatively recent phenomenon of national populism is going to need an updated second edition quite soon. Political change has not only not faltered since the events of 2016 but seems to be accelerating.

I have been recommending this book to anyone who will listen as a sound corrective to the idiotic rubbish that stands for political analysis and commentary by the lightweights who write in our national media, think politics
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Ben Cullimore
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve long been an admirer of both Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin, who, across several publications, have proved themselves to be two of the leading figures in their respective fields. They previously collaborated on The New Extremism in 21st Century Britain - an excellent examination of radical political and religious movements - and have produced another fascinating and timely study with National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy.

Much has been written about the populist wave swe
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Nikki
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Total hate-read. I'm being generous in giving two stars. But there were some interesting ideas when the authors weren't being disgustingly partial.

Some thoughts:

• Starting theories with the words "outside of Eastern Europe" because populist countries like Hungary and Poland don't fit said theories, is not acceptable.

• What point are they trying to make in stating that the Nazis "oversaw the establishment of full employment, welfare schemes and benefits like cheap holidays". That Nazis weren't
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Muhammad Ahmad
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book is useful for the secondary literature that it draws on, but there is little in the book that's original or insightful. By defining racism narrowly, it comes to the convenient conclusion that racism is in decline while straining to find all reasons, except racism, for the rise in xenophobia, of which it tries to present a sympathetic portrait.

It seems like the same book keeps appearing periodically, under different titles and by different authors, at whose core is the same tired anti-i
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Robert
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is far more honest and daring than one might expect. It's not just another 'populists are racist and bad' tirade. It's open-minded, empathetic and realistic. Some of the stats about future demographic trends are quite an eye-opener.
Matthías Ólafsson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The book brings to light some interesting facts about the statistics behind the rise of national populism in the West, but in a rather dry way though. I sometimes got the feeling that I was reading some report. Although I understand that the book tries to offer a more realistic look at this phenomenon it does in my opinion suffer from the authors quite narrow definition of racism as the they rather downplay its factor, along with racial stereotypes, in the rise of national populism.
Axel
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Eatwell and Goodwin have carefully constructed a fresh view on our contemporary political climate, supported by an incredible amount of data. The main takeaway is already stated on one of the first pages of the book: nationalist and populist sentiments are here to stay. Many liberal parties, along with their voters, discredit their opposition by labeling them as racists, morons, or angry elders. That is not a sustainable strategy for advancing the political agenda and trying to create a more uni ...more
Tariq Mahmood
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sombering book on the state of the new wave of nationalistic populism taking over many western democracies. Instead of brushing aside the huge and unpredictable populist decisions taken by the people (Brexit & Trump) as last-ditch efforts, or momentary passionate decisions which will wither way automatically with time, its high time that we accept the reality in the shift of people's attitude to immigrants, inequality and job security. All of these issues are genuine feelings among the elect ...more
Alan Draycott
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting book that should be required reading for every Corbynista because it explains in very clear terms how much of an error it is every time they accuse someone of racism or sexism or some other ism how much harm they are doing to their own cause. I felt relieved that I am not turning into some kind of 1930's black shirt if I take the view that Raheem Sterling should not play up front for England. And I am right to be annoyed to be a called a racist for that view? I also feel emboldened i ...more
Henri
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
Clarifies 2016 political upheavals better than anyone
Ivan
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
An essential read for everyone in the UK right now. It casts a light on BREXIT unlike the plethora of opinion pieces that abound, very few of which will do anything except confirm existing positions.

This books takes a historically and geographically broad view of the current political upheavals, towards populist movements on right and left, and, for the first time in non-academic literature (that I am aware of) offers understanding rather than condemnation.

If you are want to be informed about
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Nick Carnac
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Why people feel/vote the way they have , analysis of statistical evidence in European and American arenas , advice and rationale behind the phenomena of Trump and Brexit . Cautionary notes for urban , neoliberal silo-dwelling Remoaners,,,,,,
Niels
A good read, as it aims to explain the Trump, Brexit and other European populist surges more comprehensively than many accounts who focus on a single argument (e.g. culture, economy, Great Recession…). Backed up with much survey material, they provide readers with four overarching societal developments that make the ‘demand’ for populism higher: (i) the increasing distrust of (liberal) elites, with their unaccountable governance systems, international institutions and non-majoritarian agencies; ...more
Frumenty
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recall a conversation I had with another student during my first year as an undergraduate: he had just told me he was enrolled in a politics course, and I responded with sceptical amusement; the idea that politics was something that one could study in a university seemed, at that time in my life, so incongruous, so inappropriate. I was very naïve, and oh so very wrong in regarding such matters as unsuitable to be put under the academic microscope. This book by 2 professors of political science ...more
Alain
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Tengo sentimientos encontrados con este libro. Si bien estoy de acuerdo con parte de la que se podría considerar su tesis central, el desarrollo me ha parecido tan pobre que creo que le quita muchos puntos a la obra en su totalidad.

Los autores hacen un gran trabajo analítico, creo, en lo que se refiere a las causas por las que una cantidad creciente de ciudadanos europeos y norteamericanos apoyan a partidos populistas de derecha radical. Según Eatwell y Goodwin, las razones que llevan a una pers
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Terese
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it

I thought this was a very information heavy and nuanced look at current populism, instead of a general shriek of "old white people are being racist but will die soon anyway", it actually tracks long-term trends, highlights different age- and racial categories, and adresses cultural and financial shifts with both finesse and sensitivity.

They frame their discussion around the 4 D's:

-Distrust (a weakening trust for a liberal ruling elite from people who now longer feel represented or heard)

- Destru
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Tammam Aloudat
I can write a thesis on how much I didn't like this book. But I won't because it will feel like a waste of time. However, a few points:

- This is a book that pretends to be objective and academic. It isn't. It uses plenty of statistics but almost all of them are about the perceptions of white working men on how they feel alienated and unprivileged. This is not evidence, especially when it is not balanced with counter statistics about how others perceive their circumstances or whether the percepti
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Kyorgia
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book to read. No matter what you think about national populism and their leaders it is a significant force in politics today and that can not be denied.

The book is well written by two professors from Great Britain. It is still easy enough to read for the average person. The book uses statistics heavily and this can get clumsy at times and this is why the book gets 4 stars instead of 5 from me.

The book starts with talking about some of the myths that the mainstream m
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Stephen Morrissey
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Populism isn't merely a one-off phenomenon, but rather a structural reality in most Western democracies in the early 21st Century, according to "National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy." In this short and eminently accessible study of current populist movements in the US, Great Britain, France, and Europe, the authors show how deeply-rooted populism is in these cultures, as well as the challenges such movements pose to traditional liberal democracy.

This book offers a far more nua
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Sorrento
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Roger Eatwell and Mathew Goodwin have written an interesting analysis of the rise of National Populism in recent years. According to them, “National populists prioritise the culture and interests of the nation, and promise to give voice to a people who feel that they have been neglected, even held in contempt, by distant and often corrupt elites.”
They begin their book by indulging in a spot of myth busting, about who the supporters of national populist movements such as UKIP and President Trump
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Jake Goretzki
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Decent, sober and convincing analysis of how we've come to live in this bewildering political Age of Stupid (which - by the way - is here to stay.

Still, it can at times feel like it begins to be an apologia (look, they're racists. Le Pen: racist. Trump: racist. Voters for them: kinda racist).

One area I think it misses: the adaptation and rearticulation of racism over recent years, such that surveys will tell you that people are not xenophobes but merely worried about threats to 'our way of lif
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Tetsuya
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The authors analyze current politics in US and Europe (especially UK) from a viewpoint of ordinary people, especially paying special attentions on 4Ds, i.e., people's "distrust" against major political parties, the "destruction" of their culture and value due to rapid increase of immigrants in their communities, their "deprivation" from the elite-led politics, and "de-alignment" from major political parties, that resulted in a new political space the national populism fills in. It provides a hol ...more
Joelle Adams
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are perplexed by how we arrived at Trump, Brexit, and strong showings by European extremist groups, this book will help you make sense of the factors pushing politics and people in this direction. Eatwell and Goodwin give a history lesson and connect the dots to our current state of affairs. They dig beneath the headlines to reveal the real pressures and motivations leading voters to new parties and positions. The analysis is objective and the writing clear and concise. I wish every liber ...more
Justin
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eatwell presents a comprehensive analysis of what most of us consider a recent trend in politics - the emergence of populism, of which we see manifest in Trump's election, the Brexit referendum, and a host of populist EU parties gaining support. However, Eatwell shows that this recent trend represents multiple decades of structural changes that one cannot simply attribute to recent events, such as the Great Recession. He explicitly debunks common myths and reductionist explanations, such as Trum ...more
Iana
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A useful and accessible overview of current scholarly thinking on the phenomenon of national populism that is shaking up Western politics. As always with students of a nasty topic, one wonders if the authors don"t ultimately embrace it - at least a little..... In any case it the book really nails down the ideological contours, the causes and the sociology of this phenomenon. The conclusions are difficult to bear but, it seems to me, correct: national populism is here to stay. My conclusion: Prop ...more
James
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
A short but wide-ranging introduction to the key ideas and philosophy driving the recent rise of national populist movements in both Europe and the US. For anyone interested in these trends and the reasons why these movements have gained traction in recent years this book is a good place to start.
Mohd Ashraf
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I like about this book is it relates what we see - election result , trump , brexit , etc with facts on people discomfort with regard to rapid cultural change , immigration , and culture / identity crisis of original majority polities of nation states.
James Foard
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent exploration of a subject that is all to often oversimplified. The real shame is that the people that ought to read this won't, which I suppose is just another sign of the polarisation of western society.
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