Reading List

Populism: a Verso reading list


Syriza, Trump, Podemos, and Brexit—these and other electoral earthquakes of recent years have been grouped under the term “populism.” But what actually defines populism?

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What is the “populist moment” and what does it mean for the left?

For the first time in decades, socialism is back on the agenda—and for the first time in Labour’s history, it defines the leadership. Richard Seymour tells the story of how Corbyn’s rise was made possible by the long decline of Labour and by a deep crisis in British democracy.

From one of the most prominent voices on the American left, a galvanizing argument for why we need socialism today.

A philosophical and political exploration of the construction of popular identities.

A crisp, trenchant dissection of populism today.

What is fascism in the twenty-first century?

How the development of twentieth-century fascism depended on strong civil societies.

A compelling analysis of fascism, replete with insights into the authoritarian movements and states of our time.

What does the good life—and the good society—look like in the twenty-first century?

Definitive collection on populist politics.

Is Brexit the beginning of the end for the EU?

FREE EBOOK! Making Sense of the Brexit Referendum: writers on the crisis

The Brexit Crisis gathers together some of the most insightful and provocative reactions to this moment, from the UK and abroad, examining what happened on the 23 June and what this might mean for the UK and the EU as a whole. It looks at the ruptures, false promises and ingrained racism revealed during the campaign and afterwards. As the UK heads towards the exit, what is to be done?

Authors include: Étienne Balibar, William Davies, Akwugo Emejulu, John R. Gillingham, Peter Hallward, Laleh Khalili, Stathis Kouvelakis, Sam Kriss, Rebecca Omonira-Oyekanmi, Lara Pawson, Wail Qasim, Salvage Editors, Wolfgang Streeck, Antonis Vradis.

The anatomy of Britain on the edge of Brexit, by Orwell Prize–winning journalist.

A powerful and progressive programme for the eurozone.

The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper.

In this new edition of a highly acclaimed book, Wolfgang Streeck revisits his recent arguments in the light of Brexit and the continued crisis of the EU. 

How the West’s obsession with Vladimir Putin prevents it from understanding Russia.

Exploring the fury of the young in a world of crisis that seems to offer no alternatives.

How neoliberalism is causing a social crisis in Germany.

The extradition of terror suspects reveals the worst features of the security state.

An expansive investigation into the relationship between contemporary states and the far-right.

How Trump got to the Oval Office—and how both parties and the mainstream media are keeping him there.

The story of the remarkable resurgence of right-wing extremists in the United States.

America’s leading essayist on the frantic retreat of democracy, in the fire and smoke of the war on terror.

We are living in an age of unprecedented poverty. But who are the new poor? And what hope do they have?

Neoliberalism is fracturing, but what will emerge in its wake?

The austerity crisis and threat to disability rights.