Into the Void

Over the past 40 years, working-class parties have slid rightward toward neoliberalism and workers have increasingly dropped out of the political process.

When the political scientist Peter Mair died suddenly in 2011, he left his final book unfinished: Ruling the Void, an account of the “hollowing out” of European democracies after years of capitalist offensive. The volume, published posthumously in 2013, documents a dramatic rise in voter abstention and election volatility in nearly every democracy in Europe. […]

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