1st Edition

British and American Electoral Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism Parallel Trajectories

By Gerald Sussman Copyright 2025
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book employs a political economic approach in exploring the underlying neoliberal foundations of politics and electioneering in both the USA and United Kingdom that have widened the divide among voters and, over time, led to a deep distrust of state institutions, including electoral politics and system of political representation.

    Covering the period of 1980 to the present, the book provides analysis of how neoliberalism applies to the electoral sphere and draws the connections between the larger forces behind the globalising political economy and the trajectory of the corporate state and the many intersections of US and UK electoral politics – with lessons for other wealthy states that follow in similar pathways. As such, it helps explain a phenomenal parallel pattern of major political upheavals and social dislocations within these two countries. Finally, it reveals through numerous social indicators, that the two leading neoliberal political economic systems are producing depressing results for large sections of their citizenry and a threat to social democracy, as the concentration of wealth and well-being is largely captured by a minority class of empowered individuals. 

    This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of electoral politics, political parties, political behaviour, British politics, U.S. politics and more broadly to readers interested in political economy and comparative politics.

    1. Introduction: The Neoliberal Wave

    2. The Neoliberal Transformation of Politics 

    3. The Construction of the New Voter

    4. Comparative Electoral Politics: The Neoliberal Institutional Matrix 

    5. Challenges to the Status Quo, 2016-202

    6. Conclusion: Neoliberal Politics and the Future of Transatlantic Democracy


    Gerald Sussman is Professor of Urban Studies, International Political Economy, and Comparative Politics at Portland State University, USA.