Democracy in an Era of Charismatic Politics

Event details

PSC Seminar

Date & time

Friday 29 November 2019


PSC Reading Room 4.27, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Walden Bello


Maxine McArthur

Using Rodrigo Duterte and Narendra Modi as exemplars, the guest speaker will raise the issue of whether these are transformative figures, to be unraveled by making use of Weber’s notion of charismatic authority, Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic capital, and Orwell and others’ ideas about the mass psychology of fascism. He will then discuss how under the new authoritarian politics, democratic elections perform the paradoxical role of legitimizing a transition to an authoritarian regime. The speaker will draw from his recently released book, Counterrevolution: The Global Rise of the Far Right.

About the Speaker
Walden Bello is a Professor of Sociology at the State University of New York in Binghamton. He is the author of more than 20 books including Deglobalization: Ideas for a New World Economy, Capitalism’s Last Stand: Deglobalization in the Age of Austerity, and, most recently, Counterrevolutions: The Global Rise of the Far Right and Paper Dragons: China and the Next Crash. The International Studies Association named him the Most Outstanding Public Scholar in 2008.

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