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01 sep 2019

Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism - a New Book by Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart

Authoritarian populist parties have advanced in many countries, and entered government in states as diverse as Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. Even small parties can still shift the policy agenda, as demonstrated by UKIP's role in catalyzing Brexit. Drawing on new evidence, this book advances a general theory why the silent revolution in values triggered a backlash fuelling support for authoritarian-populist parties and leaders in the US and Europe. The conclusion highlights the dangers of this development and what could be done to mitigate the risks to liberal democracy.

Cultural Backlash: Trump, Brexit, and Authoritarian Populism.

A new book by the WVSA Founding President Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris, member of the WVSA Governing Board is being published now. The book is available for pre-ordering from Cambridge University Press now, and can be purchased directly starting April 2019. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to download flyer for the 20% discount.

About the book. Authoritarian populist parties have advanced in many countries, and entered government in states as diverse as Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. Even small parties can still shift the policy agenda, as demonstrated by UKIP's role in catalyzing Brexit. Drawing on new evidence, this book advances a general theory why the silent revolution in values triggered a backlash fuelling support for authoritarian-populist parties and leaders in the US and Europe. The conclusion highlights the dangers of this development and what could be done to mitigate the risks to liberal democracy.

The book provides new insights and evidence into populism, one of the most topical issues in political science. It develops a new theoretical framework explaining authoritarian populism. The book compares more than fifty parties across dozens of countries, focusing on the US and Europe.

Table of content.

Part I. Introduction: 1. Understanding populism; 2. The cultural backlash theory; 3. Varieties of populism; Part II. Authoritarian-Populist Values: 4. The backlash against the silent revolution; 5. Economic grievances; 6. Immigration; Part III. From Values to Votes: 7. Classifying parties; 8. Who votes for authoritarian-populists?; 9. Party fortunes and electoral rules; 10. Trump's America; 11. Brexit; Part IV. Conclusions: 12. Eroding the civic culture?; 13. The populist challenge; Endnotes; Appendices; Index.

About the authors.

Pippa Norris, Harvard University, Massachusetts
Pippa Norris is the McGuire Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts, Laureate Fellow and Professor of Government and International Relations at Sydney University, and Director of the Electoral Integrity Project. A multiple award-winning author and researcher, her publications include Why Electoral Integrity Matters (Cambridge, 2014), Why Elections Fail (Cambridge, 2015) and Strengthening Electoral Integrity (Cambridge, 2017).

Ronald Inglehart, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Ronald Inglehart is Professor of Political Science and Program Director at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He has previously collaborated with Pippa Norris on Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the World (Cambridge, 2003) and is the author of many publications including Modernization and Postmodernization (1997), Modernization, Cultural Change and Democracy (Cambridge, 2005, with Christian Welzel) and Cultural Evolution (Cambridge, 2018).

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