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Escaping Dystopia

Rebuilding a Public Domain

By Stephen McBride

Published

Jul 1, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529220612

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 1, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529220629

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 1, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529220636

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Escaping Dystopia

Multiple crises have led many to conclude that the world of neoliberal global capitalism is broken. The present and future economic and political systems look increasingly precarious if not outright dystopian.

Stephen McBride calls for radical solutions to these crises that could lead to a more rational and sustainable future. He also critiques others which would further curtail democracy and increase inequalities associated with neoliberal globalism. Demonstrating how mainstream ideas, powerful interests and political institutions face major challenges but block progressive alternatives in an attempt to salvage neoliberalism, he argues that for radical transformation to succeed, major institutional changes are necessary.

Stephen McBride is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Globalization at McMaster University. His research deals with issues of comparative public policy, globalization, and political economy.

Introduction

Multiple Crises

Institutional and Democratic Crisis

What is to be done? Alternative Policies and Strategies

Restoration-1 Neoliberals wishing to restore some sort of pre-crises “normal”

Restoration-2 Neoliberalism plus more coercion: new right populist groupings

Modest reform

Radical options challenging the fabric of neoliberalism

Obstacles to realising these projects

How is it to be done? Democratic Process and Building the Public Domain

Conclusions