Since the financial crisis, politics has been marked by a series of events unforeseen by political insiders: from the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour party to the vote for Brexit to the presidency of Donald Trump. Trust in liberal democratic institutions has declined, and once-unassailable political coalitions have fractured along new lines.
What is going on? And how should progressives respond?
This issue explores these questions, looking at changes to our media environment, the dismantling of social democratic institutions, and questions of electoral strategy.
- Editorial / Shreya Nanda, Chris Thomas, Rachel Statham and Joshua Emden
- How both old and new media polarise society for profit (or survival) / Andrey Mir
- The collapse of the centre in liberal democracy/ Anastasia Kavada
- "Far and beyond" / Hannana Siddiqui in interview with Bekhal Mahmod
- Politics against individualism?/ David Klemperer
- How the right captured economics / Dean Hochlaf
- Trust and public discourse during the Covid-19 pandemic / Martin Edobor
- The alternative media and transformative politics / Hilary Wainwright
- One click forward, two clicks back/ Marie le Conte
- Labour's post‐Brexit electoral strategy/ John Curtice
- Trust, politics, race and civil society/ Kunle Olulode
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Snakes and ladders: Tackling precarity in social security and employment supportAcross the country, people are trying to make ends meet, build financial security and pursue their aspirations. But, in a vicious cycle of snakes and ladders, many are being pulled down into poverty.