Struggle for Democracy

  • Erik Paul


Australian progressive movements and formations are engaged in a major struggle against the country’s neoliberal hegemonic power but their forces are fragmented, lacking a unified and coherent front to challenge the neoliberal corporate and security project. The existing hegemonic order is on the ascendancy, with no alternative to endless economic growth, regardless of the cost to the social fabric of society and the poisoning of the human habitat. Under what circumstances are progressive movements likely to grow and join forces in Australia and successfully challenge the hegemony of the neoliberal corporate security state? It requires the emergence of universal junctures and points of convergence which can weld progressive movements in a common cause, such as the existential threat of climate change.


Struggle for a radical democracy Fragmentation Economic growth Climate change Existential threat Human survival 


  1. Anderson, P. (1998). The origins of postmodernity. London: Verso.Google Scholar
  2. ANU-SRC. (2014, August 12). ANU builds social research capacity, finds decline in satisfaction with democracy. Canberra: Australian National University-Social Research Centre.Google Scholar
  3. Barns, G. (2014, September 12). Beware the politics of panic in terror alerts. The Drum, ABC TV. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Google Scholar
  4. Bauman, Z. (2000). Modernity and the holocaust. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.Google Scholar
  5. Bauman, Z. (2005). The demons of the open society. Presentation at the London School of Economics, 20 October.Google Scholar
  6. Bauman, A. (2010). Living on borrowed time. London: Polity Press.Google Scholar
  7. Brown, W. (2006). American nightmare. Political Theory, 34(6), 690–714.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Butler, G., Jones, E., & Stilwell, F. (2009). Political economy now! Sydney: Darlington Press.Google Scholar
  9. Crouch, C. (2011). The strange non-death of neo liberalism. London: Polity.Google Scholar
  10. Duménil, G., & Lévy, D. (2005). The neoliberal (counter-) revolution. In A. Saad-Filho & D. Johnston (Eds.), Neoliberalism: A critical reader. London: Pluto Press.Google Scholar
  11. Duménil, G., & Lévy, D. (2011). The crisis of neoliberalism. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Emerton, P. (2006). Australia’s terrorism offence – A case against. In A. Lynch & G. Williams (Eds.), What price security? Taking stock of Australia’s anti-terror laws. Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Press.Google Scholar
  13. Foucault, M. (1980). Power/knowledge: Selected interviews and other writings, 1972-1977. New York: Pantheon Books.Google Scholar
  14. Fraser, N. (2013). A triple movement? New Left Review, 81, 119–132.Google Scholar
  15. Harvey, D. (2005). A brief history of neoliberalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  16. Harvey, D. (2013). Contesting capitalism in the light of the crisis: A conversation with David Harvey. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 71, 5.Google Scholar
  17. Hocking, J. (2003). Counter-terrorism and the criminalisation of politics: Australia’s new security powers of detention, proscription and control. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 49(3), 355.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Hung, H.-F. (2014). Canadianization? New Left Review, 88, 151–158.Google Scholar
  19. Johns, F. (2014). The turn to data analytics and international law. European Society of International Law, 3, 4.Google Scholar
  20. Johnson, C. (2004). The sorrows of empire: Militarism, secrecy, and the end of the republic. New York: Metropolitan Books.Google Scholar
  21. Kenny, M. (2014, October 10). Ulterior motives show in push for new penalties. Sydney Morning Herald.Google Scholar
  22. Klein, N. (2008). The shock doctrine. London: Penguin.Google Scholar
  23. Lane, M. (2008). A thriving Asian studies is integral to a critical liberal humanities program. University of Sydney, Max Lane blog on Indonesia, Southeast Asia and International Affairs.Google Scholar
  24. Loewenstein, A. (2015, August 6). Australia against ISIS: How much do we actually know? The Guardian.Google Scholar
  25. Mouffe, C. (2002). Politics and passions: The stakes of democracy. London: Centre for the Study of Democracy. University of Westminster.Google Scholar
  26. Moїsi, D. (2009). The geopolitics of emotion. London: The Bodley Head.Google Scholar
  27. O’Neill, M. (2014a, August 11). Apathetic Aussies. ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Google Scholar
  28. O’Neill, M. (2014b, August 12). Poll data reveals Australia’s waning interest in politics, decline in support for democracy. ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation.Google Scholar
  29. Panitch, L., & Gindin, S. (2013). The making of global capitalism: The political economy of American empire. London: Verso.Google Scholar
  30. Paul, E. (2012). Neoliberal Australia and US imperialism in East Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Rainford, J. (2014, August 30). Australians think democracy is failing. Green Left Weekly.Google Scholar
  32. Rusbridger, A. (2015, March 13). Why we are putting the climate threat to Earth front and centre. Guardian Weekly.Google Scholar
  33. Sentas, V. (2014). Traces of terror: Counter-terrorism, policing and race. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Walters, B. (2003). Slapping on the writs: Defamation, developers and community activism. Briefing Series, Sydney: University of New South Wales Press.Google Scholar
  35. Williams, G. (2014, December 15). Blood on many hands in CIA torture scandal. Sydney Morning Herald.Google Scholar
  36. Wolf, N. (2007, April 25). Fascist America, in 10 easy steps. The Guardian.Google Scholar
  37. Young, J. (1999). The exclusive society: Social exclusion, crime and differences in late modernity. London: Sage.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erik Paul
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Peace and Conflict StudiesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

Personalised recommendations