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9781509546817

Postliberal Politics The Coming Era of Renewal

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  • ISBN13:

    9781509546817

  • ISBN10:

    1509546812

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2021-07-26
  • Publisher: Polity
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Summary

Hyper-capitalism and extreme identity politics are driving us to distraction. Both destroy the basis of a common life shared across ages and classes. The COVID-19 crisis could accelerate these tendencies further, or it could herald something more hopeful: a post-liberal moment.

Adrian Pabst argues that now is the time for an alternative – postliberalism – that is centred around trust, dignity, and human relationships. Instead of reverting to the mutual suspicion and destabilising inhumanity of 'just-in-time' free-market globalisation, we could build a politics upon the sense of localism and community spirit, the valuing of family, place and belonging, which was a real theme of lockdown. We are not obliged to put up with the restoration of a broken status quo that erodes trust, undermines institutions and trashes our precious natural environment. We could build a pluralist democracy, decentralise the state, and promote mutualist markets embedded in the everyday economy.

This bold book shows that only a politics which fuses economic justice with social solidarity and ecological balance can overcome our deep divisions and save us from authoritarian backlash.​

Author Biography

Adrian Pabst is Reader in Politics at the University of Kent, a leading thinker in the ‘Blue Labour’ movement. His previous books include The Demons of Liberal Democracy.

Table of Contents

Preface


Prologue: a new communitarian consensus


I.    POSTLIBERAL TIMES

1.    Resolving the interregnum

2.    Politics after the plague

3.    Why opposites coincide

4.    New polarities


II.  A PUBLIC PHILOSOPHY OF POSTLIBERALISM

5.    The art of politics

6.    Social virtues

7.    Mutual obligations

8.    Pluralism

9.    Place, limits and ecology


III. POSTLIBERAL POLITICS AND POLICY

10.  Building a relational economy

11.  Renewing democratic corporatism

12.  Reweaving the social fabric

13.  Preserving the common home of nature

14.  Promoting civic internationalism


Epilogue: a new communitarian coalition


Notes

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