Authoritarianism and Neoliberalism: A Comparative Analysis

Dr. Priya Chacko
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The rise of authoritarian and populist political forces has become a global trend. Conservative and populist governments and political figures have come to power in countries as varied as the United States, Hungry, Turkey, India and Japan while existing authoritarian regimes, including in China and Singapore, have been consolidated. Moreover, these trends have strengthened as neoliberal globalisation has intensified. This panel explores the impact of processes of neoliberalisation on the emergence and refinement of authoritarianism and populism and analyses the new forms of politics and governance that are unfolding. It pays particular attention to the transformations in social classes, political struggles and state-society relations that have resulted from processes of neoliberal capitalist development and the subsequent fracturing of various forms of managed political participation and social compromises. Further, it aims to explore the different political responses to these developments by elite and popular social forces in different countries and regions and to advance understanding of these outcomes.