Populism and Human Rights in a Turbulent Era

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Populism and Human Rights in a Turbulent Era

9781802209532 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Alison Brysk, Distinguished Professor, Department of Global Studies and Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara, US
Publication Date: June 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 953 2 Extent: c 208 pp
How can we interpret and respond to the rise of populist regimes that infringe on human rights? This incisive book analyses illiberal, repressive, and patriarchal logics of rule, identifying critical catalysts in the meteoric growth of populist agendas. Contributors scrutinise the records of authoritarian and nationalist leaders in Brazil, Hungary, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey and the United States.

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How can we interpret and respond to the rise of populist regimes that infringe on human rights? This incisive book analyses illiberal, repressive, and patriarchal logics of rule, identifying critical catalysts in the meteoric growth of populist agendas. Contributors scrutinise the records of authoritarian and nationalist leaders in Brazil, Hungary, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey and the United States.

This topical book treats populism as a multi-faceted, performative phenomenon that claims to improve social rights while suppressing civil liberties and substitutes the promise of cultural citizenship for the loss of self-determination in a turbulent era of globalization. The chapters bring attention to understudied dimensions of populism including gender dynamics, bureaucratic politics, and the co-construction of foreign policy. Going beyond normative appeals to human rights, this innovative book urges advocates to contest populism at the national, social, and ideological levels in novel ways.

Interweaving historical, political, comparative, statistical and discursive analysis, this interdisciplinary book will be vital to students and scholars of human rights, comparative politics, democracy, sociology and international studies. It will also prove invaluable to policymakers looking to address future populist regimes.
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‘This edited volume provides an often terrifying account of how the rise of far-right populism is quickly eroding the international human rights regime that was painstakingly built in the last century. Across regions and regimes, Brysk and the contributors put current human rights abuses in context and provide us with research-informed insights to help protect and preserve human rights in this new environment, where advocacy backlash seems to appear around every corner. A must read for students and scholars of human rights, democratic backsliding, and social movements.’
– Amanda Murdie, University of Georgia, US

‘This collection offers not only an overarching theoretical framework for analyzing populism, but also a richly detailed set of case studies that vividly illustrate why populism has burgeoned, the risks it poses, and what can be done in response to “rebuild the indivisibility of rights in a post-liberal world.” An urgently needed contribution.’
– Shareen Hertel, University of Connecticut, US

‘Alison Brysk has assembled an excellent group of scholars to discuss populism, a key issue of our times, from a human rights perspective in Europe and key countries (the US, India, Turkey, the Philippines, Mexico, Brazil). The book offers a fresh perspective and is unfailingly thought-provoking.’
– Gerardo Munck, University of Southern California, US

Contributors
Contributors include: Philip M. Ayoub, Kathleen Bruhn, Alison Brysk, Oldrich Krpec, Vitória Moreira, Douglas Page, Sharmila Parmanand, Sevin Gulfer Sagnic, Gershon Shafir, Satyajit Singh, Carol Wise
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