What's happening in global politics? As if overnight, many Democrats revolted and passionately backed a socialist named Bernie Sanders; the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union; the vituperative billionaire Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican party; and a slew of rebellious parties continued to win elections in Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Austria, and Greece.
John B. Judis, one of America's most respected political analysts, tells us why we need to learn about the populist movement that began in the United States in the 1890s, the politics of which have recurred on both sides of the Atlantic ever since. Populism, on both the right and the left, champions the people against an establishment, based on issues - globalization, free trade, immigration - on which there has been a strong elite consensus, but also a strong mass discontent that is now breaking out into the open.
The Populist Explosion is essential listening for our times as we grapple to understand the political forces at work here and in Europe.
Editors Select, February 2017 - Judis' The Populist Explosion was named one of the "Six Books to Help Understand Trump's Win" by the New York Times, and while this is not a misnomer - there's no shortage of aha moments in terms of how the election panned out - it should be noted that the book was written before his win and with a focus on how populism is affecting the political landscape on a global level. Judis, therefore, forgoes diatribe and instead lays the historical groundwork for populism - a political logic that crosses party lines and champions ordinary people against an establishment - to show how the stage was set for Trump and Sanders as well as dramatic shifts in Europe. The result is a refreshing and enlightening examination of where we are and how we got here. Doug, Audible Editor
"Far and away the most incisive examination of the central development in contemporary politics: the rise of populism on both the right and the left. Superb." (Thomas Edsall, New York Times columnist)
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Concise overview, but should be read with care
- S. Seitz