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The Stakes of Radical Politics have Changed: Post-crisis, Relevance and the State

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jonathan Pugh


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This paper flags up one central point: given that the stakes of radical politics have changed post-crisis, and the Left is proving to be ineffective, radicals need to revisit some fundamental debates. This not only requires us to continue with those initial reflections on the economy that draw upon Keynes and Marx. Other themes need re-examination in the post-crisis light too. My article revisits the role of three: namely (1) the state, (2) ethical lifestyle politics, and (3) radical philosophy today. I conclude by suggesting that the crisis has brought about new challenges in all three areas for radicals. These are the need to (1) create a new atmosphere where representational politics is seen more positively, (2) question the growing retreat into ethics and idealism, away from political instrumentality, and (3) point out that radical philosophy and politics, while related, are different.

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Author(s): Pugh J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Globalizations

Year: 2010

Volume: 7

Issue: 1-2

Pages: 289-301

Print publication date: 01/03/2010

ISSN (print): 1474-7731

ISSN (electronic): 1474-774X

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/14747731003593844


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