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If you thought that class-based politics was dead, think again! Just like the development of the British party system in the 19th Century and 20th Century was defined by the organization and rise of different social classes (the landowning gentry for the early Conservative Party, the urban bourgeoisie for the Liberals and the working class for the Labour party), political change today is primarily driven by class politics.

The spectacular evolution of our political landscapes since at least 2015 is in fact the result of the massive social shifts our societies have gone through since the 2008 financial crisis. Today, no political movement can thrive without defining itself as the champion of one of these four classes:

  • the urban and liberal creative class that supported Emmanuel Macron and Justin Trudeau,
  • the suburban middle class that remains at the core of modern conservatism in the anglosphere and Europe,
  • the New Minority and the white working class, whose politics have allowed for the electoral success of Donald Trump, but also the rise of Alternative for Germany and serve as a voter base for Social Democrats in several Central and Eastern European countries,
  • the millennials who (as this free chapter reveals) fuel a resurgence of the left via a return to socialism, and/or a new platform focused on collapsology, environmentalism and minority identity politics. We find them at the origins of Syriza in Greece and the Five Star Movement in Italy, as well as the surges of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn in the United States and Great Britain.

As politicians and parties scramble to get the support of one of these classes, they also need to build coalitions between them to achieve working majorities. There resides the key to our understanding of the Brexit saga in the UK, but also all the major election campaigns since 2015. This free chapter will tell you why and how the Millenials are changing the face of the left. To discover the full story, and how different politicians like Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Alexis Tsipras, Sebastian Kurz and Boris Johnson have achieved electoral success, you will have to buy the book!

Thibault Muzergues, author of The Great Class Shift: How New Social Class Structures are Redefining Western Politics





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This thought-provoking book offers a new global approach to understand how four social class structures have rocked our political systems, to the extent that no politician or political party can exist today without claiming to be speaking on their behalf, and no politician can hope to win an electoral majority without building a coalition among these classes.
Based on a four-fold analysis - Urban and Liberal Creatives, Suburban Middle Class, White Working Class and the Millennials - this book shows that while many have focused on a supply-side vision of politics to explain the upheavals in our political party systems, a vision centred on demand – and the Weberian take on political parties as vehicles for class interests – is more compelling. In 2016, our political world was changed forever by the victories of Brexit in the UK and Donald Trump in the USA. Far from being confined to the Anglosphere however, changes have also rocked the political landscapes in Europe. As the crisis of 2008 has shaken the foundations of Western societies, shrinking the size of the previously all-powerful middle class, new classes have emerged, and with them a new political demand that new (or old) parties have tried to satisfy.
This book will be of key interest to political practitioners (politicians, advisors/consultants, journalists, political pundits, party builders, and government officials) and more broadly to academics, students and readers of European and Western politics, political sociology, party politics and political parties, and electoral demographics.

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  • The Great Class Shift

    How New Social Class Structures are Redefining Western Politics, 1st Edition

    By Thibault Muzergues

    This thought-provoking book offers a new global approach to understand how four social class structures have rocked our political systems, to the extent that no politician or political party can exist today without claiming to be speaking on their behalf, and no politician can hope to win an…

    Paperback – 2019-11-18
    Routledge

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