Kallis, A ORCID: 0000-0001-6711-1969 (2018) Populism, Sovereigntism, and the Unlikely Re-Emergence of the Territorial Nation-State. Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. ISSN 2198-2600

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Abstract

In the last three decades, the rise of a populist challenge to the liberal political mainstream exposed how shallow the supposed victory of global liberalism was, even in its heartlands in Europe and North America. Exclusive nationalism and nativism, identity politics, critiques of globalisation and internationalism, and calls for democratic reempowerment of the demos have converged politically on a new locus of inflated territorial, indeed ‘border’ sovereignty, aligning the call of ‘taking back control’ on behalf of a radically re-defined community (‘we’) with a defensive re-territorialisation of power along existing fault lines of nation-statism. In this paper, I argue that the very same call has become the new common political denominator for all populist platforms and parties across Europe. I argue that populists across the conventional left-right divide have deployed a rigidly territorialised concept of popular sovereignty in order to bestow intellectual coherence and communicative power to the otherwise disparate strands of their anti-utopian critiques of globalisation. In spite of significant ideological differences between so-called right- and left-wing populism, in the short-term the two populist projects have sought to stage their performances of sovereigntism on, behind or inside the borders of the existing nation-states.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the final published version of the article (version of record). It first appeared online via Springer Verlag at https://doi.org/10.1007/s40647-018-0233-z. Please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: populism, sovereignty, state, power, border
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D204 Modern History
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 11:12
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2018 11:12
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/5124

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