Interview recorded 13th July 2017.
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.
Talk given at CRASSH, Cambridge, 1st June (begins at 27 minutes)
Talk given to Goldsmiths MFA programme, 16th January 2017
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”
I’ll be in conversation with Ann Pettifor about her new book, 23rd March, ippr.
This conference aims to address issues of social-scientific expertise and claims for authority in the light of recent political events and the rise of populism in Europe, the US, and elsewhere. These expressions represent different kinds of voice with implications for public debate and democratic practice and we believe that as social scientists and academics we have to bring our voices to bear more insistently within these debates.
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Since the Brexit referendum result on 23rd June, I’ve written a series of blogposts and articles trying to make sense of this crisis for the UK, both its antecedents and implications. I’ve collected these below, and will continue to add to this post as more appear.
- The Protective State – PERCblog, 6th October
- Interview on Brexit, Trump and ‘post-truth’ – Wisconsin Public Radio, 21st September
- The Age of Post-truth Politics – The New York Times, 24th August
- Brexit: Views from Wales – BBC documentary I participated in, 19th July
- Liberalism after Brexit – PERCblog, 13th July
- Brexit will make things worse: is that why people voted for it? – Washington Post 1st July
- What sort of crisis is this? – PERCblog, 29th June
- Thoughts on the Sociology of Brexit – PERCblog, 24th June (generously translated by readers into Greek, Italian and Spanish )