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Reclaiming Populism


Reclaiming Populism

How Economic Fairness Can Win Back Disenchanted Voters
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von: Eric Protzer, Paul Summerville

13,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 18.10.2021
ISBN/EAN: 9781509550364
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 180

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<p>Populist upheavals like Trump, Brexit, and the Gilets Jaunes happen when the system really is rigged. Citizens the world over are angry not due to income inequality or immigration, but economic unfairness: that opportunity is not equal and reward is not according to contribution.</p> <p>This forensic book draws on original research, cited by the UN and IMF, to demonstrate that illiberal populism strikes hardest when success is influenced by family origins rather than talent and effort. Protzer and Summerville propose a framework of policy inputs that instead support high social mobility, and apply it to diagnose the differing reasons behind economic unfairness in the US, UK, Italy, and France. By striving for a fair, socially-mobile economy, they argue, it is possible to craft a politics that reclaims the reasonable grievances behind populism.</p> <p><i>Reclaiming Populism</i> is a must-read for policymakers, scholars, and citizens who want to bring disenchanted populist voters back into the fold of liberal democracy.</p>
Foreword<br /><br /> Chapter 1 – The Inequality Delusion and Other Scapegoats for Populism<br /><br /> Chapter 2 – The Fairness Instinct<br /><br /> Chapter 3 – Economic Unfairness and the Rise of Populism   <br /><br /> Chapter 4 – The Twin Virtues of Equal Opportunity and Fair Unequal Outcomes<br /><br /> Chapter 5 – Constraints and Solutions to Economic Fairness<br /><br /> Conclusion – Scripting A Path Forward<br /><br /> References
<p>“You think income inequality causes populism? Think again! <i>Reclaiming Populism</i> convincingly argues that the issue is not how unequal income is, it is the lack of social mobility. Unlike so many books on populism, the authors propose a policy agenda to guide action so that accidents of birth do not determine a person’s chances in life.”<br /><b>Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard University</b></p> <p>“A deeply researched and trenchant examination of the economic forces that have led to populist movements in North America and Europe. Critically, the authors lay out how crucial it is for policymakers to create economic policies that are widely perceived by citizens as fair, stressing the vital importance of equality of opportunity for all.”<br /><b>Bill Powell, Chief Washington Correspondent, <i><i>Newsweek</i></i> Magazine<br /></b></p> <p>“This clearly written and well researched book offers a fresh perspective on our current political malaise.  It argues that an old-fashioned virtue – fairness – offers the way forward.  Increasing equality of opportunity and social mobility  is the road back to prosperity, pluralism and democratic resilience.”<br /><b>Rod Tiffen, University of Sydney<br /></b></p> <p>“Controversial and self-consciously provocative to be sure, this is a timely, thoughtful, original and even brave book that should be read by all those troubled by the rise of populism and the worrisome state of contemporary democracy.”<br /><b>Chris Watson, Former National Director, New Democratic Party of Canada<br /></b><br />“A expert and even-tempered dissection of the myths of populism. It exposes the fundamental tensions that underlie the twin ideals of freedom and equality. By highlighting the crucial difference between equal opportunity and equal outcomes, the authors show how economic fairness is the best resolving chord.”<br /><b>John Brodie Donald, Author of <i>Catataxis: When more of the same is different<br /></i></b></p> <p>“Why have electorates around the world become more susceptible to populist political ideas? Is it income and wealth inequality? Is it immigration? Is it globalisation? Is it social media? According to Protzer & Summerville, it’s none of these. This deep, data rich analysis of the root cause of rising populism ekes out a more subtle but profound answer to the dilemma of our age. To paraphrase Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign strategist James Carville, “It’s fairness, stupid.” With a profound understanding of our natural Fairness Instinct as its foundation, this important book brings the current system’s flaws into sharp relief. Any politician wishing to find the centre of political gravity should read it.”<br /><b>Andrew McNally, CEO of Equitile Investments and Author of <i>Debtonator – How Debt Favours the Few<br /><br /></i></b>“Protzer and Summerville contribute astutely to a large and varied literature on inequality with a work of sharp and timely analysis. <i>Reclaiming Populism</i> asserts that there is an ethic of fairness that underlies, or should underlie, economic arrangements. Their insight that a "fairness principle" is being undermined in a "rigged system" where "forgotten people' are desperately trying to communicate their pain through the populist channel, is deliciously incisive. Protzer and Summerville offer a set of policy prescriptions that are carefully calibrated to the subtle sense of unfairness that has governed the emergence of so many populist movements in recent years. This book is a home run.”<br /><b>Allan Dwyer, Associate Professor of Finance, Mount Royal University (Calgary)</b> <br /><br />“This book is a timely reminder of the fundamental importance of making thoughtful political choices with a laser focus on fairness - "promoting equal opportunities and fair unequal outcomes" -  because it is a winning formula. Protzer and Summerville's work comes at a critical juncture with a concerning number of possible shocks and opportunities for cheating in the mixed economic responses to the pandemic, the evolution of geo-politics and dominance shifts, intergenerational inequality and the pressure that the climate crisis places on policy makers. We can all learn the lesson that "fairness is a critical policy input." The book provides considerable food for thought, and refreshingly with practical solutions. It shouldn't be surprising to say, but sadly it still is, that embedding economic fairness is the key for the future of any pluralist trying to reclaim populism.” <br /><b>Annabel Mullin - Principal Consultant at OneFifty Consultancy, Co-Founder - Stand for Something<i><br /></i></b></p>
<b>Eric Protzer</b> is a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Growth Lab.<br /><b>Paul Summerville</b> is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.

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