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Abstract

The defining antinomy of the post-2008 crash phase is argued to be the one between neoliberalism and populism. This essay aims to complicate the terms of this antinomy and offers a reading that problematizes the association of neoliberalism with internationalism and globalization on the one hand and populism with nationalism and anti-imperialism on the other. Not only internationalism in its historical origins is an anti-imperialist concept but also today we can easily discern how reactionary forms of populist nationalisms are made possible by globalization of finance—a hallmark of neoliberalism. The essay concludes with a discussion of the possibility of a politics of de-growth as a trans-local form of counter-populism.

Author Bio

Yahya M. Madra teaches economics at Drew University. His research interests include history of neoliberalism in economics, political economy of corporate forms of sovereignty, and the relationship between political economy and psychoanalysis. His first monograph titled Late Neoclassical Economics: The Restoration of Theoretical Humanism in Contemporary Economic Theory is now available from Routledge (2017).

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