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The Globalization Backlash

Colin Crouch

ISBN: 978-1-509-53379-4 December 2018 Polity 120 Pages


Globalization, heralded for decades as a harbinger of prosperity, faces a huge backlash. Derided by right-wing nationalists as a ‘globalist’ plot to undermine traditional communities, and by left-wing critics as the rule of rampaging corporations, it’s become a political punching bag around the world.

In this incisive book, leading commentator Colin Crouch defends globalization against its critics to the right and left. He argues that reversing the process would mean a poorer world riven by nationalistic and reactionary antagonisms. However, globalization will only be worth saving if we institute reforms to promote social solidarity and recover pride and confidence for the cities and regions that have lost out. Crouch shows that we can therefore only save globalization from itself if we transcend the nation state and subject global economic flows to democratically responsible transnational governance.

Crouch provides a much-needed riposte to the delusions that risk plunging the world back into a zero-sum game of regressive economic nationalism, combining cool-headed analysis with a visionary call for a reformed and genuinely progressive globalization.

1. The Issues

2. The Economy

3. Culture and Politics

4. The Future

‘A fascinating and incisive debunking of many of the globalization myths propagated by both populists and neoliberals by a genuinely distinguished scholar’.
Anthony Payne, Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute

‘Ranging widely across economics, sociology, culture and politics, Colin Crouch gives a muscular, fine-grained analysis of the problems of globalization – and some valuable suggestions as to how to solve them.’
Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford, Guardian columnist