In November 1999 the first protests associated with the 'anti-globalisation movement' took place in Seattle, and came to be seen as the starting point for globalised resistance to neoliberal capitalism. Despite initial optimism, the following years have seen little progress in formulating a coherent alternative to neoliberalism, a failure that has become particularly poignant in the aftermath of the recent credit crisis. Now, the neoliberal mandate that appeared to be in 'crisis' in just 2008 has reinvented itself through the guise of a new 'era of austerity'.
In this timely book, Worth assesses the growing diversity of resistance to neoliberalism - progressive, nationalist and religious - and argues that, troublingly, the more reactionary alternatives to globalisation currently provide just as coherent a base for building opposition as those associated with the traditional 'left-wing' anti-globalisation movements. From the shortcomings of the Occupy movement to the rise of Radical Islam, the re-emergence of the far-right in Western Europe to the startling impact of the Tea Party in the US - Worth shows that while a progressive alternative is possible, it cannot be taken for granted.
Owen Worth is a lecturer in international relations at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He has published widely in the areas of global political economy and in particular in the areas of globalization, hegemony and resistance. He is the author of Hegemony, International Political Economy and Post-Communist Russia (2005), and he co-edited European Regionalism and the Left (with Gerry Strange, 2011), Globlisation and the `New' Semi-Peripheries (with Phoebe Moore, 2009) and Critical Perspectives on International Political Economy (with Jason Abbott, 2002). He has published work on resistance and globalization in Global Society, Globalizations, Capital and Class, and Third World Quarterly, and has also published in International Politics, Review of International Studies, and Journal of International Relations and Development. He is the current managing editor of Capital and Class and is on the executive board of the Conference of Socialist Economics.
Introduction: In Search of a New Prince 1. The End of History? 2. Resistance and Counter-hegemony 3. Another World is Possible? 4. Nationalist and Exceptionalist Responses 5. The Return of God 6. The Age of Austerity 7. Neoliberalism and Potential Transformation