I’ve drafted the following set of posts to make available a summary of the broad literature I’ve followed over the past six months relating to contemporary political events. Obvious omissions include Karl Polanyi’s Great Transformation, Karen Stenner’s The Authoritarian Dynamic and Drew Westen’s The Political Brain; but my sense is that others have covered these pretty well.
But I thought that it might be useful to summarise what I had read given the intense interest in these questions at the moment; it might otherwise be months until I wrote something more formal. Further, I touch on questions of methodological diversity and value divergence which appear to be of current debate.
Since I began drafting the day after the election result, a number of important contributions have been published on these questions, many of which I’ve incorporated — do follow the links.
I begin with a personal and anecdotal account, in Part 1, on my nostalgia for the 1990s. Then follow four posts which can be read as self-contained pieces, or as sub-sections in a longer essay. Let me know your thoughts if you find them useful, or if not.