Authoritarianism and How to Counter It

  • Bill Jordan

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About this book


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was assumed that liberal democracies would flourish worldwide. Instead, today authoritarian leaders are gaining power – from Trump’s US and Bolsonaro's Brazil to Orban's Hungary – while Russia and China have turned back towards their old, autocratic traditions. This book examines the origins and implications of this shift, and focusses especially on the longstanding coercion of poor people. As industrial employment, and now also many service jobs, are being replaced through technological innovations, state-subsidised, low-paid, insecure work is being enforced through regimes of benefits cuts and sanctions. Authoritarians are exploiting the divisions in the working class that this creates to stoke resentment against immigrants and poor people. The author identifies new social movements and policies (notably the Universal Basic Income) which could counter these dangers.

Bill Jordan is Honorary Professor of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of Plymouth, UK. He has authored more than 25 books on politics, economic and social policy, social work and migration. He held visiting professorships in the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. 


New Authoritarianism authoritarian turn liberalism liberal democracy social justice community activism civic participation Universal Basic Income tax credits wage subsidies poverty traps Welfare-to-work workfare coercive state global capitalism mobility of capital militarism sustainability financial uncertainty future of freedom

Authors and affiliations

  • Bill Jordan
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  1. 1.Honorary Professor of Social Policy and Social WorkUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17210-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17211-4
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