Beyond electoralism: Reflections on anarchy, populism, and the crisis of electoral politics

WHITE, Richard, ARAUJO, Erin, FERRETTI, Federico, INCE, Anthony, MASON, Kelvin, MULLENITE, Joshua, PICKERILL, Jenny and ROLLO, Tony (2017). Beyond electoralism: Reflections on anarchy, populism, and the crisis of electoral politics. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.

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Abstract

This paper is comprised of a series of short, conversational or polemical interventions reflecting on the political ‘moment’ that has emerged in the wake of the rise of right-populist politics, particularly in the Global North. We position the UK’s ‘Brexit’ vote and the election of Donald Trump as US President as emblematic of this shift, which has a longer genesis and a wider scale than these events alone. In particular, we draw on anarchist principles and approaches to consider opportunities for re-energising and re-orienting our academic and activist priorities in the wake of these turbulent times. Following a short introductory section, in which we collectively discuss key questions, challenges and tensions, each contributor individually draws from their own research or perspective to explore the possibilities of a politics beyond electoralism.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: anarchism, populism, social movements, voting
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
Depositing User: Sarah Ward
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 15:00
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2017 15:10
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17518

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