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 populist movements, which have begun to change the face of Western liberal democracy, from the United States to France, Austria to the UK.
This radical turn, we are told, is a last howl of rage from an aging electorate on the verge of extinction. Their leaders are fascistic and their politics anti-democratic; their existence a side-show to liberal democracy. But this version of events, as Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin show, could not be further from the truth.
Written by two of the foremost experts on fascism and the rise of national populism, this lucid and deeply-researched book is a vital guide to our transformed political landscape. Challenging conventional wisdoms, Eatwell and Goodwin make a compelling case for serious, respectful engagement with the supporters and ideas of national populism - not least because it is a tide that won't be stemmed anytime soon.
A fascinating new study ... the authors analyse the long-term demographic and socioeconomic trends shaping our age of upheaval. The attraction of this book lies in its cool, dispassionate tone. The authors intend to explain and inform rather than polemicise (Jason Cowley The Sunday Times)
Intelligent, counterintuitive ... [ranging] far beyond Brexit and Britain ... they put a parochial debate in a much bigger context (Economist)
Valuable ... A finely organised, lucid explanation of the elements presently constituting the most dynamic political movements in Europe and the US (John Lloyd Financial Times)
A useful corrective... it demolishes the myth that young people aren't attracted to the populist right (Sarah Baxter The Sunday Times)
Superb ... one of the best of the post-Trump analyses (Tim Stanley)
A reality check to any clinging to the hope that populism is a passing political squall ... Goodwin is one of the few academics to be vindicated by the political trends of the past few years. With a forensic grasp of the detail, Eatwell and Goodwin show how commentators have succumbed to "stereotypes that correspond with their outlook" rather than evidence-based conclusions (Asa Bennett Telegraph)
Convincing, powerful and very definitely worth a read (Robert Colvile, Director of CPS Think Tank)
Unlike other authors, they do not write to warn and condemn, but to understand the movement ... Populist leaders are confrontational, mendacious and ruthless -- but those who follow them need to have their fears, resentments and beliefs addressed (Reuters)
A provocative book, well worth reading (Matthew Partridge Moneyweek)
Eatwell and Goodwin rightly point out that the UK's political and economic system is, for many people, broken (Gavin Esler The National)