The Rise of the Outsiders: How Mainstream Politics Lost its Way

Author(s): Richards, Steve


Discover why outsiders from Trump to Corbyn are succeeding like never before - and what this means for you.

In recent years, voters have deserted the political centre like never before. Whether it's Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, or Corbyn, outsiders and populists are flourishing on the far left and far right.

Celebrated political commentator Steve Richards explores factors from globalization and fake news to rising immigration and stagnant wages. Richards argues that the reasons for the success of the outsider also sows the seeds of their eventual demise. If they do gain power, they inevitably become insiders themselves - and fail to live up to their extravagant promises.

This landmark book examines the rapidly shifting global political landscape of the last decade, and is essential reading for anyone who has been bothered by Brexit, troubled by Trump or confused by Corbyn.


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“Steve Richards’s insightful new book charts the rise of the political mavericks who are forcing us to rethink what had become unthinkable. So are we about to usher in a new era of a more authentic and courageous politics? …One of the paradoxes, the author suggests, is that Theresa May appeared to understand the need for the state to step in to correct economic imbalances. Her lack of empathy and her other weaknesses are likely to ensure that she will not survive long enough to test this assumption. …Richards does not give up on our politicians. He will not dismiss a profession he regards as noble. In a marketplace crowded with more shrill assessments of Brexit and Trump, this stands out for its reason and optimism. ” 

John Kampfner – The Guardian  (JC BookGrocer)

General Fields

  • : 9781786492012
  • : Atlantic Books, Limited
  • : Atlantic Books
  • : 0.571526
  • : June 2017
  • : 1.1 Inches X 6 Inches X 9.5 Inches
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Richards, Steve
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 320.56/62
  • : 320