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

Araujo, Erin, Ferretti, Federico, Ince, Anthony, Mason, Kelvin, Mullenite, Joshua, Pickerill, Jenny, Rollo, Toby and White, Richard J. 2017. Beyond electoralism: reflections on anarchy, populism and the crisis of electoral politics. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies 16 (4) , pp. 607-642.

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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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: University of British Columbia, Okanagan
ISSN: 1492-9732
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 September 2017
Date of Acceptance: 7 September 2017
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 22:33

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