The Post-Liberal MomentManifesto for a Post-Pandemic Politics
The Post-Liberal Moment
Manifesto for a Post-Pandemic Politics

Hyper-capitalism and extreme identity politics are driving us to distraction. Both destroy the basis of a common life shared across ages and classes. The COVID-19 crisis could accelerate these tendencies further, or it could herald something more hopeful: a post-liberal moment.

Adrian Pabst argues that now is the time for an alternative – postliberalism – that is centred around trust, dignity, and human relationships. Instead of reverting to the mutual suspicion and destabilising inhumanity of 'just-in-time' free-market globalisation, we could build a politics upon the sense of localism and community spirit, the valuing of family, place and belonging, which was a real theme of lockdown. We are not obliged to put up with the restoration of a broken status quo that erodes trust, undermines institutions and trashes our precious natural environment. We could build a pluralist democracy, decentralise the state, and promote mutualist markets embedded in the everyday economy.

This bold book shows that only a politics which fuses economic justice with social solidarity and ecological balance can overcome our deep divisions and save us from authoritarian backlash.​

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  • July 2021
  • 160 pages
  • 138 x 216 mm / 5 x 9 in
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Table of Contents

Prologue: a new communitarian consensus


1.    Resolving the interregnum

2.    Politics after the plague

3.    Why opposites coincide

4.    New polarities


5.    The art of politics

6.    Social virtues

7.    Mutual obligations

8.    Pluralism

9.    Place, limits and ecology


10.  Building a relational economy

11.  Renewing democratic corporatism

12.  Reweaving the social fabric

13.  Preserving the common home of nature

14.  Promoting civic internationalism

Epilogue: a new communitarian coalition

About the Author
Adrian Pabst is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and a leading thinker in the ‘Blue Labour’ movement. His previous books include The Demons of Liberal Democracy.
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