Author: Paul Stocker
Extent: 240 pp
Publication: September 2017
Publisher: Melville House (Turnaround)
- A timely and important examination of how and why Brexit, Trump and the rise of the far right have happened and the consequences for us all.
- A vital and fascinating look at how far-right politics is being adopted into the mainstream in the UK, Europe and the US.
- Contextualises Brexit by analysing Britain’s increasingly hostile stance towards migrants, the far right, right-wing populism in Europe, Trump’s election win and the Brexit vote itself.
- Contains up to the minute research and sources including oral interviews with experts, politicians and the public.
- Dr. Paul Stocker has a doctorate in British far-right history from Teesside University, which hosts the Centre for fascist, anti-fascist and post-fascist studies, a respected and unique research hub in the UK.
‘Brexit’ reflected perhaps the biggest vote of no confidence in the political establishment in modern British history. Despite the vote leading to shock and dismay across the globe, this backlash against the political elite had been decades in the making. But how did we get here?
In his timely and important book, Paul Stocker examines how ideas of the far right – always a fringe movement in Britain – have become part of the cultural and political mainstream, especially via a noxious right-wing press, and how these issues are not unique to Britain. Rather, the growth of far-right populism is a Western phenomenon and one with trends which can be witnessed across Europe, as well as the US. Ultimately, ‘mainstreaming’ this racism has combined with populism – a growing sense that the political elite does not understand or represent the needs of ordinary Britons – which culminated in Brexit.
A vital read for anyone who wants to understand why we’re on the cusp of living in Nigel Farage’s world. Owen Bennett, author of The Brexit Club
A penetrating analysis behind why Britain’s shock vote for Brexit should not have been a surprise – and the daunting challenge ahead for those of us wanting to reclaim the cultural and political mainstream from the far right. Thom Brooks, author of Becoming British: UK Citizenship Examined
Deeply-researched and easy to read, Stocker makes an elegant argument. Eric Kaufmann, author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century