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  1. ‘Authoritarian corpopulism’ supports the rise of sugarcane and oil palm agribusinesses in Guatemala

    Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
    04 April 2018
    Article

    ‘Authoritarian corpopulism’ relies on persuasion and selective violence, cloaked in the rule of law and backed by the state, to advance big business agriculture and resource extraction.

  2. Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the Trump vote

    • Adam Jadhav
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    How does the sense of collective devastation resulting from changes in upper Midwest farming communities contribute to a political “empathy wall”?
  3. ERPI 2018 Conference: "Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World"

    17 March 2018 - Event

    Understanding 'rural' authoritarian populism

    The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of 'authoritarian populism' in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division. The ERPI is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics. We aim to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.

  4. Stateless but rooted: Resistance, land and landscape in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights

    • Maria Kastrinou, Salman Fakher Al-Deen, Steven B. Emery
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    Could the struggle against Israeli occupation within this rural vantage on the Middle East offer new insights into the emancipatory potential of agrarian and land-based political movements?

  5. Mission impossible? Social movement(s) and prospects for emancipatory rural politics in Zimbabwe

    • George T. Mudimu, Portia Kurima
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    An attempt to uncover some of the key political features of modern Zimbabwe.

  6. The agrarian origins of authoritarian rural populism in the United States: what can we learn from 20th century struggles in California and the Midwest?

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá, Maywa Montenegro, Alex Liebman, Siena Chrisman
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    Interrogating the politics of rural places in generating both support for and struggle against authoritarian populism.

  7. Call for proposals on insights in authoritarian populism and the rural world

    16 May 2017
    Article

    ERPI is starting a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel they are inviting short contributions in a variety of media that help to map out responses and alternatives. The Initiative will hold a major international conference, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action.

  8. Sacrifice zones in rural and non-metro USA: Fertile soil for authoritarian populism

    • Marc Edelman
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    What is the toll of downward mobility in rural and smalltown America?

  9. Dilemmas of peasant social movements faced with the dichotomy between progressive governments and the rise of the new right in Latin America: the case of Brazil

    • Lia Pinheiro Barbosa
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    What are the dilemmas faced by peasant social movements in the face of the dichotomy between "progressive governments" and the rise to power of the new authoritarian and "populist" rights?
  10. Populism from above and below: agriculture and the political ambiguities of the Workers’ Party in Brazil

    • Daniela Andrade
    03 July 2018
    Paper

    Brazil has recently undergone a shift from economic growth to recession, as well as from a left-wing, neo-developmentalist politics to one on the far-right, authoritarian and economically ultraliberal. Such an economic and political U-turn touched upon the countryside in contrasting ways. This paper reflects on the politics of the past. It suggests that the road to regression was paved during the tenure of the Worker’s Party (PT), when politics were considered both popular and progressive. And it was under the PT’s rule when the ‘rural world’ mattered the most for politics.

  11. In the Chasm between Oil and Ag

    • Priya R. Chandrasekaran
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    The stretch from Bakersfield to Arvin, California in Kern County, California reveals a great deal about the role of “Big Ag” and “Big Oil” in the wave of authoritarian populism that brought Trump to political power in 2016.

  12. The demise of emancipatory peasant politics?

    Benjamin White, Abdul Rahman, Laksmi Savitri, Devi Adriyanti, Hanny Wijaya, Ciptaningrat Larastiti
    13 March 2018
    Article

    The death of class-based rural movements in Indonesia has entrapped rural resistance in the clutches of market power.

  13. How populism directed against minorities is used to prop up Myanmar’s ‘Democratic’ revival

    Khin Zaw Win
    12 March 2018
    Article

    It is delusional to expect that this unfettered racism will stop there. It must be confronted. Shockingly, though, most ‘indigenous’ ethnic organizations are silent on the ongoing crisis.

  14. As good as it gets? The new Sandinismo and the co-option of emancipatory rural politics in Nicaragua

    • Santiago Ripoll
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    What has Ortega's victory meant for progressive environmental and social policies in Nicaragua?

  15. Egalitarian agrarian politics and the authoritarian challenge - the emergence and destruction of Indonesia’s Gafatar movement

    • Abdul Rahman
    11 March 2018
    Paper

    In January - February 2016, 8,058 former members of the Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar) were forcibly removed from several locations in Kalimantan, Indonesia where they had established egalitarian agrarian settler communities.

  16. Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World

    15 March 2018
    Press release

    On March 17th and 18th, more than 250 scholars, activists, practitioners, and policymakers—representing more than 60 countries from diverse parts of the world—will gather at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague to share views and insights on the rise of authoritarian populism and its effects. This resurgence of exclusionary politics—particularly manifested in the countryside—is generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division.

  17. Solidarities from below in the making of an emancipatory rural politics: insights from food sovereignty struggles in the Basque Country

    • Rita Calvário, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Joseba Azkarraga
    15 March 2018
    Paper
    Exclusionary and regressive politics are on the rise globally. How do food sovereignty struggles contribute to counter these forces?

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