Anti-System Politics: The Crisis of Market Liberalism in Rich Democracies

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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author
Jonathan Hopkin is Associate Professor of Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. He is the author of Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain (1999) and co-editor of Coalition Britain (2012). He has published widely on the party politics and political economy of Europe. He contributes to several blogs and writes regularly for Foreign Affairs.

"For anyone interested in understanding the current malaise in most democracies, this book is indispensable reading. Hopkin presents a very promising alternative to the current focus on 'populism' for explaining the increasing electoral success of political parties that challenges the established political order both from the left and the right. The argument that this fundamental shift is located in structural changes in the economy and not so much in cultural factors such as rising xenophobia is very convincing." -- Bo Rothstein, August Röhss Chair in Political Science, University of Gothenburg

"Much scholarly 'strum und drang' has resulted from the 'populism is cultural' versus 'populism is economic' debate. Jonathan Hopkin provides us with an elegant solution to this conundrum - both sides get it wrong. In Hopkin's view what we are trying to explain is not populism. Rather, it's a distinct Anti-System Politics that has deep roots in the dysfunctions of post war party systems and their inability to the steer political economies that they govern in the neoliberal era." -- Mark Blyth, The William R. Rhodes '57 Professor of International Economics, Brown University

"No topic could be as important as the rise of anti-system parties in the US and Europe today, and no scholar better equipped than Jonathan Hopkin to explain the backlash against mainstream parties' failures to respond to citizens' discontent with 'neo-liberal democracy.' A ground-breaking book that explains not only how economic hardship and inequality have spurred the successes of the political extremes everywhere but also why this has played out so differently in rich democracies, depending on their social, political, and economic institutions." -- Vivien A. Schmidt, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

"This book, by arguably the best comparativist of contemporary Southern Europe, brilliantly counterposes the (largely) left populist movements of Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece to the radical right of Trump and Brexit-as well as to that of Northern Europe. It carries through an intellectually coherent and persuasive analysis centered on the deep defects of the neo-liberal framework adopted by the rich democracies in the 1980s and 1990s, and it convincingly explains these differences in the anti-system politics of north and south. Engagingly written and based on years of work, it is a really major achievement." -- David Soskice, Professor of Political Science and Economics and Fellow of the British Academy, London School of Economics