Globalisation and the Rise of the Right

Matthew C. Mahutga and John Maldonado

We argue that globalisation eroded the post-war capital labour accord by which workers shared in the productivity gains enjoyed by capital. In all cases, this has meant a deteriorating (relative or absolute) social-position for the working and middle classes. Despite recent claims to the contrary, it is these constituents among whom right-wing politics have become more attractive, even in the recent Trump election in the
U.S. and the Brexit vote in the U.K. We argue, however, that both organisational and institutional processes at the global and national levels, respectively, moderate the partisan impacts of production globalisation.

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