Geographies of discontent: sources, manifestations and consequences

de Ruyter, A. and Martin, R. and Taylor, P. (2021) Geographies of discontent: sources, manifestations and consequences. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. ISSN 1752-1378

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Introduction: great disruptions: the new normal?
Recent history has not been kind to Fukuyama’s ‘end of history’ thesis, expounded thirty years ago (Fukuyama, 1989, 1992). Writing back then, with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the break-up of the Soviet Union, Fukuyama’s contention concerned what he saw as the triumph of Western-style liberal-democratic free-market capitalism. Subsequent events have thrown such celebratory claims of the success of global political and economic liberalism into question. The resurgence of Russia, the ascendancy of China’s state authoritarianism, and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism are all proof that major ideological contests have far from disappeared. Yet further, over the past two decades or so, disruptions and upheavals within and among the capitalist West itself have revealed the fragility of market-based democracies.

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31 July 2021Accepted
19 August 2021Published Online
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-02 - economics > CAH15-02-01 - economics
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School
Depositing User: Alex De Ruyter
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 14:43
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2023 11:48

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