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Escaping Dystopia

Rebuilding a Public Domain

By Stephen McBride

Published

Jul 12, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529220612

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jul 12, 2022

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529220629

Dimensions

216 x 138 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Escaping Dystopia

Multiple crises have led many to conclude that the current economic and political system is broken. The present and future look increasingly precarious – if not outright dystopian

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

"For anyone seeking to rethink political economy for the 2020s, including the rules governing global capitalism, Escaping Dystopia has provided a valuable roadmap."' Simon Lee, University of Hull

“Clearly identifies the challenges facing us, and what we can do about them. It should be required reading for everyone who wants to advance change.” Randall Germain, Carleton University

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.

1. Introduction

2. Trapped in Dystopia?

3. The 3Ds: Disaffection, Disarray...Democracy

4. Breaking the Mold Through Anti-System Politics?

5. What is to be Done? Alternative Strategies

6. Restoring the Pre-Crisis Neoliberal ‘Normal’

7. Saving the System by Building Back Better? Liberal Reform

8. Radical Transformation

9. Obstacles to Progress

10. How is it to be Done? Democratic Process and Building the Public Domain

11. Escaping Dystopia

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