The Populist Explosion

The Populist Explosion

How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics

Paperback - 2016
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Featured as one of "Six Books to Help Understand Trump's Win" by The New York Times

A Fareed Zakaria GPS Book of the Week: "An intelligent guide to a phenomenon by no means over." -- Fareed Zakaria, CNN

"Well-written and well-researched, powerfully argued and perfectly timed." -- The Economist

Named one of the Best Books of 2016 by Bloomberg

"Far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. Superb."- Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnist

What's happening in global politics, and is there a thread that ties it all together? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, in a stunning rebuke; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win election after election in countries like Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.

John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to understand the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s and whose politics have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. The Populist Explosion is essential reading for anyone hoping to grasp a global political system that is only just beginning what will be a long-running and highly consequential readjustment.
Publisher: New York, NY : Columbia Global Reports, [2016]
ISBN: 9780997126440
Branch Call Number: 320.5662
Characteristics: 182 pages : map ; 19 cm


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Dec 28, 2016

A relatively short and very helpful summary of what populism is and is not, both historically and in the present, in Europe as well as the USA.

Corrects a lot of overly facile misconceptions.

A very valuable tool for understanding the present moment.

Oct 11, 2016

[Update: the list of so-called Russian-propaganda sites recently published in the Bezos Post, formerly known as the Washington Post, originated in Dubai at the Legatum Group, a finance outfit which founded the Legatum Institute in London, whose principal donors are the Koch brothers and the Mellon family [Sarah Scaife Foundation].]
I look forward to reading this as I heard the author in an interview and he sounded like the Real Deal [one hopes].
Personally, a thought struck me while listening to him: the Web hit critical mass sometime around 2003 -- 2004, meaning there was now plenty of factual stuff and intelligent opinions and links to be read, and since the Great Receission, we've reached critical mass with the people reading that factual stuff on the Web.
[Really, are there any fools around who accept anything they hear on TV or the newspapers? I mean, Anderson Cooper [CNN] and David Ignatius [WaPo] interned at the CIA during their college years, but just how many other so-called newsies also interned at one intel agency or the other? I never learned anything factual from Dan Rather or that other doofus, Tom Brokaw, and Charlie Rose was with David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission for around 30 years!]


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