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Stanley R. Sloan

liberal democracy. Such politicians and parties have thrown around their political weight in several countries, exercising power in some, including the United States, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and Turkey. Sources of discontent There is no single explanation for the rising popularity of illiberalism, but a combination of factors has produced a general sense of malaise. The Great Recession, starting in 2008, left millions of Americans and Europeans without jobs and in debt. While the job market has recovered, real wages have not, and a significant portion of

in Transatlantic traumas
Has illiberalism brought the West to the brink of collapse?
Series: Pocket Politics

The West of which we speak is defined by the values of liberal democracy, individual freedom, human rights, tolerance and equality under the rule of law. This book explores how Islamist terror and Russian aggression as companion threats to the West when terrorists target Russia as well as the United States and its allies. The threats posed by Islamist terror and Russian aggression present themselves in very different ways. In the time of transatlantic traumas, the Islamist terrorist threat and the Russian threat have worked diligently and with some success. The book examines the hatred of Islamists towards Western democracies, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union for their involvement in the Middle East politics for several decades. There is no single explanation for the rising popularity of illiberalism in the Western democracies; a combination of factors has produced a general sense of malaise. The book discusses the sources of discontent prevailing in the Western countries, and looks at the rise of Trumpism, Turkey and its Western values as well as the domestic tensions between Turkey's political parties. It suggests a radical centrist populist Western strategy could be applied to deal with the threats and challenges, reinvigorating the Western system. The book also touches upon suggestions relating to illiberalism in Europe, Turkey's drift away from the West, and the Brexit referendum.

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Humanitarianism in a Post-Liberal World Order
Stephen Hopgood

, is eroding. Both the right and the left have come to see in these liberal mechanisms barriers to the realisation of their most desired preferences (more aggressive chauvinism, more effective redistribution). Politics at the national level in the West has been shocked back into life after decades of malaise. The insistent questions are no longer technocratic but substantive, with attitudes to ‘the other’ a pivotal part of these conversations globally. In 2018, Freedom House recorded its twelfth consecutive year of decline in freedom worldwide, with

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
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Lessons from post-war history
Kevin Jefferys

, but not encouraging. The authors found that the party was widely perceived as old-fashioned and incapable in a period of rising living standards to persuade large parts of the electorate to abandon the Tory administration of the day.5 The downbeat tone of Must Labour Lose? was to find many later echoes, and this chapter sets out to explore what light can be shed on the party’s present-day malaise by its wider post-war performance, which includes other low points, such as those of 1983 and 1992, as well as that of 1959. A brief overview of Labour’s post-1945

in Labour and working-class lives
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Corinne Fowler and Lynne Pearce

more than a place of temporary refuge for peoples of wide-ranging ethnicity and culture. The city’s rival synagogues tell a centuries’ old story of expansion and social diversification. Similarly Rusholme, a nineteenth-century suburb of Manchester, was transformed by immigrant Asian restauranteurs into nearly a mile of neon-lit restaurants (the internationally renowned ‘Curry Mile’), thereby utilizing old Victorian housing to counter the economic malaise of post-industrial Manchester. However, nothing counters the nation’s obsession with the supposed newness of

in Postcolonial Manchester
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Woman in a Dressing Gown
Melanie Williams

free and in command of her own home, that in fact, it might actually be firmly in command of her, seems positively radical. The most useful touchstone for approaching Woman in a Dressing Gown as a ‘proto-feminist’ film is Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking study of the disparity between the happy housewife image and the malaise and misery that lies beneath it, The Feminine

in British cinema of the 1950s
The liberal police and the lure of fascism
Jonathan Dunnage

order and control criminal activity. In his detailed work on the organisation of the Italian police, published in 1898, a high-ranking police commissioner, Giuseppe Alongi, indicated the consequences of such deficiencies in the sad fact that 31% of crimes went unpunished, whilst 37% of individuals arrested for criminal acts were acquitted owing to lack of evidence.3 This state of affairs accounted for the limited prestige enjoyed by the police, which in turn only enhanced the sense of professional malaise among their personnel. From the perspective of individuals like

in Mussolini’s policemen
Deciphering ugly faces
Naomi Baker

, representing a spiritual and moral malaise made tangible in the unattractive object, nevertheless proves remarkably persistent. While divisions between elite and popular opinions account for some contemporary differences of outlook, contradictory perspectives are often put forward by single authors, indicating a more complicated picture. Allusions to the mark of Cain in sermons and texts from the era, for

in Plain ugly
Women and youth across a century of censure
David W. Gutzke

subsequent scholarship, by both himself and other scholars. Seven traits characterized such a phenomenon: public concern; hostility (with offenders dubbed folk devils); public consensus; exaggerated response; volatility; introspective soul-searching; and finally perception of the deviant behaviour as symptomatic of a broader malaise. The last two factors especially suggest the origins of panics. Those involved as actors regarded the prevailing value system as threatened.2 As David Garland remarked, ‘this fear that a cherished way of life is in jeopardy is central to Cohen

in Women drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century
Susan Watkins

criticism and gynesis , 17 even if many critics (feminist and otherwise) still fail to acknowledge the formal innovations of Lessing’s writing. Initially, many North American women academics were attracted by Lessing’s work precisely because of what Gayle Greene has called its ‘centering on women’s consciousness and concerns’. 18 Greene’s 1994 book, Doris Lessing: The Poetics of Change was written some time after the second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s but she begins by noting that Lessing’s work presented ‘the malaise that produced the second wave of

in Doris Lessing