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The New Authoritarianism

Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts

Salvatore Babones



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07 September 2018
The election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in the UK have caused fear and panic among liberals worldwide. They argue that the populist backlash represents a dangerous new authoritarianism. But what if the really dangerous authoritarianism is in fact their own?

In this provocative and highly original book, Salvatore Babones argues that democracy has been undermined by a quiet but devastating power grab conducted by a class of liberal experts. They have advanced a global rights-based agenda which has tilted the balance away from the lively and vibrant unpredictability of democratic decision-making toward the creeping technocratic authority of liberal consensus. Populism represents, contends Babones, an imperfect but reinvigorating political flood that has the potential to sweep away decades of institutional detritus and rejuvenate democracy across the West.

Babones' bracing attack on the insidious new authoritarianism of the expert class and call for an end to liberal mission creep will stimulate and challenge all readers trying to make sense of the political tumult of the recent past.
By:   Salvatore Babones
Imprint:   Wiley
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 189mm,  Width: 125mm,  Spine: 10mm
Weight:   144g
ISBN:   9781509533091
ISBN 10:   1509533095
Pages:   120
Publication Date:   07 September 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Salvatore Babones is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.

Reviews for The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts

Named one of 2018's Best Books on Politics by the Wall Street Journal Babones' relentless critique of the liberal expert class brilliantly exposes their contempt for ordinary people. A crucial contribution to our understanding of how contemporary liberalism is increasingly illiberal and undemocratic. Adrian Pabst, co-author of The Politics of Virtue: Post-liberalism and the Human Future An overdue and rational corrective about populism and authoritarianism. The Australian Brilliantly insightful and always fair-minded, The New Authoritarianism is a compelling insider's account of how the liberal-minded became close-minded. Quadrant This is a superb book. Anyone interested in politics must read it; it is one of those rare tracts which is constantly rewarding. Spectator Australia

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