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The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way Hardcover – 15 Jun 2017

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (15 Jun. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1786492016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1786492012
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 2.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Excellent... An important and insightful account of the current rise of populism amid the collapse of trust in both conventional politics and politicians. - Jon Snow Newsreader, Channel Four News

Steve Richards is quite simply one of the best in the business. - John Kampfner

Easily one of our best commentators. - David Aaronovitch

Steve Richards is a fine columnist and thoughtful political commentator. This book gets to the heart of why conventional politicians and parties are struggling and failing to adapt to the challenge of the outsiders, opening the door to Trump, the Brexiteers and European movements of far left and right. - Vince Cable former Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Insightful and well researched... The Rise of the Outsiders is both a stinging rebuke to established parties of left and right, but also a clarion call to mainstream politicians to call-out empty populism and make anew the case for sane government. - Ed Balls -- former Shadow Chancellor to the Exchequer

Incisive and urgent... This needs to be read by anyone trying to understand the nature of the current political system in Western democracies. - Alasdair Blair Jean Monnet Professor of International Relations, De Montfort University, Leicester

An important book about the social forces behind the disruptive challenges to mainstream politics and the future of representative political parties.

--Baron David Willetts Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation

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Discover why outsiders from Trump to Corbyn are succeeding like never before - and what this means for you.

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The current political situation - and that across much of Europe and, particularly, the US - is dissected with clear and sophisticated analysis in this book. It comes at exactly the right time. Where do we go from here?

Steve Richards concludes, “The problems for the outsiders deepen when they win and become insiders”. We're seeing this with Trump (to a point). Will we also see it with Corbyn?! This book comes at exactly the right time.

Richards explains how mainstream parties have conceded so much ground over the last two decades and how the media and voters fail to appreciate the dilemmas of power. This is a fresh take on the rise of outsiders.
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I turned to this book to make sense of the political earthquakes that threw Trump, Tsipras, Corbyn (and Brexit) onto centre stage. Richards explains in clear and accessible style why these political phenomena emerged and triumphed. I've not seen the links being made in any other book or article - this book really makes the connection and analyises what the popular appeal has been. I'm recommending it to every baffled observer of international politics who cares about future direction - Richards, with great style and clarity, really points the way.
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The release of this book could not come at a better time. In the wake of a series political upsets, the book unpicks the allure of the outsider and offers a fascinating critique of what has brought us to this point in history. I would challenge anyone to read this book and not see the political landscape differently.
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Many things that Steve Richards says in this book does not stand up to evidence. For example, during the 2007-08 financial crash, the author believes: “The crash changed the dynamics of politics immediately”. Yet, Gordon Brown had fallen over backwards trying to appease the bankers before and after the crash because he was terrified to upset them. This was because he believed that he would be seen as anti-business. He gave Fred Goodwin, the man who wrecked RBS bank, a knighthood before the crash and a whopping annual pension after the crash - paid for by the taxpayer. Hardly a recognition that the dynamics of politics had changed. Furthermore, Brown himself, never to my knowledge, criticised the behaviour of the bankers after the crash - unlike many politicians even on the Right of politics.

Richards also believes that "Lack of clarity can be an advantage in democratic politics widening a party's appeal.on the basis that different voters recognise entirely different attributes". But it was exactly their lack of clarity, ambivalence, and vague platitudes, that turned so many off New Labour politics and Hilary Clinton in the US. Labour lost over 5 million voters during their period of government between 1887 and 2010 and Clinton lost because she, like New Labour, were seen as believing in little and trying to be "all things to all people", By contrast, as much as I disagree with him, Trump won because he said in fairly specific terms what he was going to do. Trying to be all things to all people, by trying to be on both sides of an issue at the same time expecting to win more votes is largely why Centre politics has been discredited and the outsiders have become the new insiders.

Richards is certainly right in believing that the outsiders have become the new insiders. However, this book offers a failed diagnosis of why that happened.
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