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A Political Science Manifesto for the Age of Populism

Challenging Growth, Markets, Inequality and Resentment

Author(s): David M. Ricci

ISBN: 9781108743051
Publication Date: 19/3/2020
Pages: 204
Format: Paperback
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Populism and authoritarian-populist parties have surged in the 21st century. In the United States, Donald Trump appears to have become the poster president for the surge. David M. Ricci, in this call to arms, thinks Trump is symptomatic of the changes that have caused a crisis among Americans - namely, mass economic and creative destruction: automation, outsourcing, deindustrialization, globalization, privatization, financialization, digitalization, and the rise of temporary jobs - all breeding resentment. Rather than dwelling on symptoms, Ricci focuses on the root of our nation's problems. Thus, creative destruction, aiming at perpetual economic growth, encouraged by neoliberalism, creates the economic inequality that fuels resentment and leads to increased populism. Ricci urges political scientists to highlight this destruction meaningfully and substantively, to use empirical realism to put human beings back into politics. Ricci's sensible argument conveys a sense of political urgency, grappling with real-world problems and working to transform abstract speculations into tangible, useful tools. The result is a passionate book, important not only to political scientists, but to anyone who cares about public life. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

  • Starts to answer many of the questions people have about populism, investigating the roots of the resentment that generates political populism by unearthing the downsides of creative destruction and critiquing mainstream economic thinking
  • Provides a focus for scholars who want to make specific, tangible, useful, and repeated contributions to the public conversation rather than to speculate more broadly and abstractly about what has brought President Trump and populist leaders in other countries to power in recent years
  • This book is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core