‘Weaponising Paperwork’, published in London Review of Books, looks at the political and policy context that has victimised members of the ‘Windrush generation’.
‘Why the outrage?‘, published in London Review of Books, looks at the scandals surrounding Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Trump victory.
‘What are they after?’, published in London Review of Books, explores the thinking and psychology behind Tory Brexiteers.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science, Reason, Humanism and Progress reviewed in The Guardian.
I’ll be giving a lecture, ‘The Neoliberal Spirit of Populism‘, at Wissenschaftszentrum fur Sozialforschung, Berlin, 8th February 2018. This is part of a series of lectures, Great Crisis of Capitalism – A Second Great Transformation?
Interview with the State of Nature blog, discussing happiness, wellbeing and the culture of neoliberalism.
The Rise of the Outsiders by Steve Richards, reviewed for Guardian Books
The coincidence of the Corbyn surge with the horror of Grenfell Tower has created the conditions – and the demand – for a kind of truth and reconciliation commission on forty years of neoliberalism. It is too simple to cast Corbyn as a throwback, but it is undeniable that his appeal and his authority derive partly from his willingness to cast a different, less forgiving light on recent history, so that we don’t have to carry on repeating it.
I have a new article in The New York Times, ‘Theresa May’s vapid vision for a one-party state‘
Over the course of 2014-15, I was a member of an ESRC-funded team of researchers studying controversies surrounding immigration policy in the UK. Out of this research has come our co-authored book, Go Home? The Politics of Immigration Controversies, published in March 2017 by Manchester University Press.
The surge in so-called ‘populism’ over the past year, largely of a right-wing variety, has provoked an ongoing debate as to how we should characterise its central driver. To put this somewhat crudely (though not much more crudely than some of the debate’s protagonists), the choice comes down to a simple binary: economics or culture? Class or identity? An awkward new category of ‘the left behind’ has emerged in political discourse to capture the unexpected supporters of Donald Trump, Brexit, Marine Le Pen and other nationalist movements. Continue reading “Essay: Populism & the Limits of Neoliberalism”