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Conference and Special Issue Call For Papers - National Questions, International Possibilities: Democratic Revival in an Age of Authoritarian Neoliberalism

2019-08-17

Alternate Routes and the University of Bari, Italy invites individual paper and panel submissions for our latest conference and journal special issue. Liberal democratic capitalism is increasingly losing legitimacy but what might replace it is increasingly unclear. It has become almost an orthodoxy to argue that the great divide in world politics today is between nationalists and globalists, left- and right-wing populists, and identity and class politics. Despite talk of a new world order, the end of history and an era of post-truth politics, these divisions also reflect profound political limitations.  This Call for Papers interrogates these divisions and more, including: What role for social democratic and socialist politics today? How to challenge the authoritarian/anti-democratic politics of the right and the debilititing post-politics of “the centre”? What role for national self-determination in interntional contexts? How to organize social and political conflict? How are labour and other social movements responding?

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"In an era in which ‘progressive neoliberalism’ has frayed, reactionary populism is on the rise and climate breakdown is visibly accelerating, activists and activist-scholars need the insightful and penetrating analyses that Alternate Routes provides" – if we are to understand and change our troubled world." - William K. Carroll, Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria, and author (with J.P. Sapinsky) of Organizing the 1%: How Corporate Power Works

"In this new and very much welcomed issue on neoliberal austerity, Alternative Routes once again proves itself an invaluable resource to scholars and activists working to secure a more just world. For those on the left, the timing of this issue could not be better. While liberal democratic capitalism -- and its neoliberal variants-- may be losing legitimacy, a newly ascendant authoritarian and nationalist right has emerged as an equally potent threat.  For readers seeking to advance an intersectional class politics that not only rejects this new threat, but that continues to reject the “post-politics” of the technocratic center, the authors in this issue push our thinking in precisely the right direction -- namely, toward a working class politics that extends across workplaces, across communities, and across borders." Kafui Ablode Attoh, City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies

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