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Cultures, Nationalism and Populism
New Challenges to Multilateralism

ISBN 9780367202460
Published September 18, 2019 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the role of the cultural factor, and patterns of its interaction with social, economic and political developments, in fostering identity-based new populisms and various forms of political authoritarianism across the globe.

Comparing authoritarianism in the Asian and Western context, this book attempts to shed light on the different ways in which new political actors make use of cultural traditions or constructs in order to justify their claims to power and challenge the culture of modernity as understood in the Western world. Lastly, the book focuses on the consequence of these new challenges for multilateral cooperation at regional and global levels, asking the question: is the world going towards fragmentation and anarchy or a pluralist and innovative form of multilateral cooperation?

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of populism and authoritarianism studies, democracy, global governance and more broadly to international relations.

Table of Contents


José Luís de Sales Marques


Thomas Meyer

Part I: Competing Modernities and Models of Modernization

1. Multiple modernities and anti-modernism today

Thomas Meyer

2. Nation-building in the era of populism and the Muslim intelligentsia: The case of Indonesia

Yudi Latif

3. Can we explain multiple modernities? Suggested insights and their test in a South American context

Renato G. Flôres, Jr.

4. Time, modernity, and the resurgence of right-wing populism

Lewis P. Hinchman

Part II: The EU and China: Diverse Identities and Political Prospects

5. Modernization and modernity: Authoritarianism with Chinese characteristics

Xinning Song

6. The Political Identity of Europeans and the challenges of the time after modernity

Furio Cerutti

Part III: Challenges for a Common Agenda of a New Multilateral Convergence

7. Multiple modernities in a multipolar and multiregional world: Some conditions for an interregional dialogue

Mario Telò

8. The crisis of the Western liberal order and the rise of the new populism

Andrew Gamble

9. Populism, globalization, and future world order

Qin Yaqing

10. Conflicting liberties and modernities in comparative perspective

C. K. Martin Chung


Mario Telò

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Thomas Meyer is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany, and Editor-in-Chief of the monthly political magazine, Neue Gesellschaft/Frankfurter Hefte.

José Luís de Sales Marques is President of the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM), Macau.

Mario Telò is the Jean Monnet Chair of International Relations at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Rome’s LUISS, and a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Brussels.


"This stimulating collection of essays probes the role of culture in the contests over multiple modernities and its discontents. In transcending the conventional binary of East and West, the book develops novel perspectives on some of the most salient issues in contemporary world politics." - Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University, USA.

"This book uses the conceptual framework of multiple modernities to probe the various contestions about global and regional orders. It engages in a dialogue among European, Latin American, and Asian scholars on some of the most pressing questions of our times." - Thomas Risse, Free University of Berlin, Germany.