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Saving Liberalism from Itself

The Spirit of Political Participation

By Timothy Stacey

Published

Jun 1, 2022

Page count

184 pages

ISBN

978-1529215489

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jun 1, 2022

Page count

184 pages

ISBN

978-1529215496

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Saving Liberalism from Itself

In the wake of populism, Timothy Stacey’s book critically reflects on what is missing from the liberal project with the aim of saving liberalism.

It explains that populists have harnessed myth, ritual, magic and tradition to advance their ambitions, and why opponents need to embrace rather than eschew them. Via examples of liberally-minded activists in Vancouver, it presents an accessible theorisation of these quasi-religious concepts in secular life.

The result is to provide both a new theoretical understanding of why liberalism fails to engage people, and a toolkit for campaigners, policymakers and academics seeking to bridge the gap between liberal aspirations and lived experiences, to promote political engagement and to create unity out of division.

Timothy Stacey is Lecturer in Area Studies at Leiden University.

1. Alternatives on the Horizon

2. What’s Liberalism Got To Do With It?

3. How To Address Liberalism’s Faults

4. Putting Lipstick on a Pig: The Civil Religion Tradition

5. Myths That Might Save Liberalism: Emotional Supplements to Moral Logics

6. Rituals for Radicals

7. Magical Feelings As the Source and Aim of Myths and Rituals

8. Traditions at the End of History