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The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic, with Paolo Gerbaudo [online event]

Wednesday February 9 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

What comes after Neoliberalism?

In these times of health emergency, economic collapse, populist anger and ecological threat, societies are forced to turn inward in search of protection. Neoliberalism, the ideology that presided over decades of market globalisation, is on trial, while state intervention is making a spectacular comeback amid lockdowns, mass vaccination programmes, deficit spending and climate planning.

We are joined by sociologist and political theorist Paolo Gerbaudo to explore the themes of his latest publication: The Great Recoil: Politics after Populism and Pandemic (Verso) in which he fleshes out the contours of the different statisms and populisms that inform contemporary politics.

The central issue in dispute is what mission the post-pandemic state should pursue and how socialists may turn the present phase of involution into an opportunity for social transformation.


Paolo Gerbaudo is a sociologist and political theorist based at King’s College London where he acts as Director of the Centre for Digital Culture. He is the author of Tweets and the Streets, The Mask and the Flag and The Digital Party. He has written for the New Statesman, Guardian, and other publications.

James Meadway is director of the Progressive Economy Forum and former advisor to shadow chancellor John McDonnell.


An invitation to this online event will be emailed to you on the day of the event. We will use the email address used to register for this event. Confirmation emails and invitation links sometimes end up in spam folders, so please check there before emailing the shop. Thank you.


If you’d like a copy of the book The Great Recoil then choose the book plus entry ticket. If you’d like to support Housmans then please choose a solidarity ticket. There’s also a free access ticket for students, low income and unwaged comrades.

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