Understanding the Populist Forces Behind Trump, Brexit, and LePen
The Great Disruption: Understanding the Populist Forces Behind Trump, Brexit, and LePen aims to put the shocking events of 2016–17 into a long-term, historical perspective. The seemingly disparate and separately discussed election of Donald Trump, Brexit vote, success of Marine LePen’s National Front Party, and the wider spread of populism have an overlooked commonality: They all start with a similar core constituency of disaffected older blue collar workers. Using a data-driven analysis, author Anil Hira shows that racism and xenophobia are linked to economic populism—xenophobia becoming widespread under conditions of economic stress. Hira shows further that since economic stress is felt very deeply, conventional solutions are inadequate. There is a perception among the affected group that politicians can not offer "normal" solutions and thus turn to populism. The Great Disruption traces long-term and largely un-linked shifts in the economy from globalization to automation to uncover the deeper sources of populist outbreaks. This book demonstrates that racial and immigrant attitudes have not changed, rather any backlash is a scapegoating effect of economic loss and dislocation. Populism not only misdiagnoses the situation but also misses the wider long-term threats of climate change, demographic shifts, and the rise of China. Recognizing the transformational nature of such threats depends on the maturation of the Millennial generation and its willingness to evolve towards a more global style of governance, in the process rejecting the shallow promises of populism.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Hira, Anil, author. Title: The great disruption: understanding the populist forces behind Trump, Brexit, and LePen / Anil Hira. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018060567 | ISBN 978-1-4331-6613-6 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-6610-5 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6611-2 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-6612-9 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Populism—United States. | Populism—Europe. United States—Politics and government. | Europe—Politics and government. Classification: LCC JC423 .H635 2019 | DDC 320.56/62—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018060567 DOI 10.3726/b15730
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