Anti-politics has come to dominate both public discourse and, paradoxically, political culture. It has been accompanied by an equally vociferous strain of anti-elitism. But what is the relationship between the two phenomena?
This seminar explores how the current framing of ‘populists’ versus ‘liberal elite’ is in fact a populist conception, adopted by so-called liberal elites themselves. It argues that anti-elitism is anti-political in that it represents an attack on the political system per se and is post-political in its attempt to shift the arena of political confrontation away from an ideological agonism of opposed economic interests and towards an opposition based on identity, education and culture.
Eliane Glaser is a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, an Associate Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London, writer, and BBC radio producer.
Her book Get Real: How to see through the hype, spin and lies of modern life was published by Fourth Estate in 2012. Her most recent book Anti-Politics: On the demonization of ideology, authority and the state was published by Repeater in 2018.
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