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Postmodern Populism and the New Globalization

Postmodern Populism and the New Globalization

November 2020 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Populism and globalization are shorthand for the temper of our times. Populism is usually cast as globalization’s nemesis, a backlash against worldwide connectivity, while globalization is often said to be in retreat or even demise.

This book takes issue with both interpretations, claiming instead that while populism of all shades tends to be anti-globalist, the globalism it is pitted against has changed dramatically in recent years and is increasingly decentred, destabilized, contingent, multipolar, and multidirectional. Axford paints a picture of this new globalization and dissects the strains of postmodern populism that both contest it and are its expression. Attention to the current surge of populism also affords purchase on an axial feature of our turbulent and globalized world—the imbrication or antithesis of local and global, of difference and sameness. This is an interdisciplinary examination of populism as a factor in global change, drawing on international politics, sociology, and global studies.

1. Populism as a mirror for our times
2. Have crisis – will travel: new globalization and the travails of capitalism, democracy, governance and identity
3. Populism as glocalization: pathological localism or vernacular globalization?
4. Populism redux: the rise of postmodern populism in the Internet age
5. The changing politics of revolt in a multipolar world
6. Reasons to be cheerful?

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Barrie Axford

I am Professor of Politics. I serve as a member of the International Editorial Boards of the journals Telematics and Informatics, The International Journal of Electronic Governance andGlobalizations. I am a member of the Executive Committee of the Global Studies Association. Recently I was a member of the project team for a programme of collaborative pedagogic research funded by Hefce (with Coventry and Warwick Universities) entitled "The Scholarship of Engagement for Politics" ( and in the summer of 2008 co-organised a conference at Brookes for the Global Studies Association on the theme of Cultures and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781526487209