Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World

New book on authoritarianism, nationalist populism and rural actors

Jointly authored and made available by researchers from the 'Commodity & land rushes and regimes: Reshaping five spheres of global social life’ research project, this new book reflects on the rural origins and consequences of the emergence of authoritarian and populist leaders across the world.

The rise of authoritarian, nationalist forms of populism and the implications for rural actors and settings is one of the most crucial foci for critical agrarian studies today, with many consequences for political action.

Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World reflects on the rural origins and consequences of the emergence of authoritarian and populist leaders across the world, as well as on the rise of multi-class mobilization and resistance, alongside wider counter-movements and alternative practices, which together confront authoritarianism and nationalist populism.

The book includes 20 chapters written by contributors to the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI), a global network of academics and activists committed to both reflective analysis and political engagement.

Investigating the rural dimensions of populism, nationalism & authoritarianism

Debates about ‘populism’, ‘nationalism’, ‘authoritarianism’ and more have exploded recently, but relatively little of this has focused on the rural dimensions. Yet, wherever one looks, the rural aspects are key – not just in electoral calculus, but in understanding under- lying drivers of authoritarianism and populism, and potential counter-movements to these. Whether because of land grabs, voracious extractivism, infrastructural neglect or lack of services, rural peoples’ disillusionment with the status quo has had deeply troubling consequences and occasionally hopeful ones, as the chapters in this book show.

Contributors

Contributors to the book include researchers from the Commodity & land rushes and regimes research project (Professor Jun Borras, Professor Ben White, Professor Mural Arsel) and ISS PhD candidates Natascha Bruna, Daniela Andrade and Antonio Roman Alcala.

More information

This book came about as a result of the ERPI international conference on authoritarian populism held at the International Institute of Social Studies in March 2018.

Related links
Commodity & land rushes and regimes research project