The Rise of the Outsiders by Steve Richards
How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way

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Richards offers valuable insights into how awkward political power really is, from which Corbynistas and Ukippers could surely learn. But perhaps he could learn something from them too.
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Something strange has been happening. All over the world, people are angry and rejecting the establishment like never before. Britain votes Brexit. Trump promises walls in America. Corbyn promises a new socialism in the UK. Tsipras in Greece. Podemos in Spain. Marine Le Pen in France. Norbert Hofer in Austria. The list goes on. Why has the mainstream lost support? Why are the outsiders flourishing on far left and far right? Do they have the answers to our problems? In this landmark book, political journalist Steve Richards provides a captivating account of the defining political phenomenon of this decade. Telling the riveting story of how eccentrics, ideologues, and strong men are breaking the political rules, he asks why they're gaining support and examines the frightening implications of this new global rise in anti-establishment sentiment. Are we approaching a new age of populism, where democracy is eroded? The Rise of the Outsiders tackles all of these questions and more. Exploring how and if the mainstream can regain voters' trust, this is a book that no politically engaged reader can afford to miss.
 

About Steve Richards

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Steve Richards is a political columnist, journalist, and presenter. He presents Week in Westminster on BBC Radio Four among other programs on BBC Radio and Television. He is former Chief Political Reporter at the Independent and Political Editor at the New Statesman, and fronts a popular political show each year at Edinburgh Festival.
 
Published June 15, 2017 by Atlantic Books. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by William Davies on Jul 12 2017

Richards offers valuable insights into how awkward political power really is, from which Corbynistas and Ukippers could surely learn. But perhaps he could learn something from them too.

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Reviewed by John Kampfner on Jun 19 2017

Richards does not give up on our politicians. He will not dismiss a profession he regards as noble. In a marketplace crowded with more shrill assessments of Brexit and Trump, this stands out for its reason and optimism.

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