Can elites contain and manage the crisis?

Higley, John (2017) Can elites contain and manage the crisis? Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 8 (3). pp. 7-16. DOI

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Clear and pressing needs for many kinds of work have declined steadily since the mid-1970s in Western countries, and the declines show no sign of stopping. In the United States today, for example, roughly 7 million prime working-age men no longer seek work and are officially outside the labor force, with increasing numbers of formerly employed women joining them. Policy-making elites in Western countries have been myopic about problems of work in advanced postindustrial conditions and how they lead to the kind of demagogic populism personified by Donald Trump, AfD leaders in Germany, Marine Le Pen in France, Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Beppe Grillo in Italy, and leaders and parties in at least two of the four Visegrad countries. The declining need for work and populist exploitations of employment insecurities and fears it produces threaten the elite basis of stable political systems in the West and give rise to an apparition of deep and protracted civil strife.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:financial meltdown, declining needs for work, employment insecurities, myopic elites, demagogic populists, insiders and outsiders, challenges to political stability
ID Code:3266
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:10 Jan 2018 12:02
Last Modified:04 Nov 2021 11:28

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