The Great Regression

Author(s): Heinrich Geiselberger


We are living through a period of dramatic political change Brexit, the election of Trump, the rise of extreme right movements in Europe and elsewhere, the resurgence of nationalism and xenophobia and a concerted assault on the liberal values and ideals associated with cosmopolitanism and globalization. Suddenly we find ourselves in a world that few would have imagined possible just a few years ago, a world that seems to many to be a move backwards. How can we make sense of these dramatic developments and how should we respond to them? Are we witnessing a worldwide rejection of liberal democracy and its replacement by some kind of populist authoritarianism? This timely volume brings together some of the world's greatest minds to analyse and seek to understand the forces behind this 'great regression'. Writers from across disciplines and countries, including Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Slavoj i ek, Zygmunt Bauman, Arjun Appadurai, Wolfgang Streeck and Eva Illouz, grapple with our current predicament, framing it in a broader historical context, discussing possible future trajectories and considering ways that we might combat this reactionary turn. The Great Regression is a key intervention that will be of great value to all those concerned about recent developments and wondering how best to respond to this unprecedented challenge to the very core of liberal democracy and internationalism across the world today. For more information, see:


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Heinrich Geiselberger, born 1977 in Waiblingen, Germany, is an editor at Suhrkamp Verlag.

List of Contributors Preface Heinrich Geiselberger 1. Democracy Fatigue Arjun Appadurai 2. Symptoms in Search of an Object and a Name Zygmunt Bauman 3. Progressive and Regressive Politics in Late Neoliberalism Donatella della Porta 4. Progressive Neoliberalism versus Reactionary Populism: A Hobson's Choice Nancy Fraser 5. Populism or the Crisis of Liberal Elites: The Case of Israel Eva Illouz 6. Majoritarian Futures Ivan Krastev 7. Europe as refuge Bruno Latour 8. Overcoming the Fear of Freedom Paul Mason 9. Politics in the Age of Resentment. The Dark Legacy of the Enlightenment Pankaj Mishra 10. The Courage to be Audacious Robert Misik 11. Decivilisation. On regressive tendencies in Western democracies Oliver Nachtwey 12. From Global Regression to Post-Capitalist Counter-Movements Cesar Rendueles 13. The Return of the Repressed as the Beginning of the End of Neoliberal Capitalism Wolfgang Streeck 14. Dear President Juncker David Van Reybrouck 15. The Populist Temptation Slavoj Zizek

General Fields

  • : 9781509522361
  • : Polity Press
  • : Polity Press
  • : 0.292
  • : April 2017
  • : 214mm X 139mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Heinrich Geiselberger
  • : Paperback
  • : 320.01
  • : 220