New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless ‘growth’, climate chaos, and social division. The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics.
The ERPI aims to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.
Book: Authoritarian populism and the Rural World
Open Access book, published by Taylor & Francis (2022). The book collects together 20 chapters originally published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, along with a new introduction.
ERPI Framing Paper
The ERPI Framing Paper, Emancipatory rural politics: confronting authoritarian populism, was published as an article in the Journal of Peasant Studies.
Forum on Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World, Journal of Peasant Studies
Agrarian social movements: The absurdly difficult but not impossible agenda of defeating right‐wing populism and exploring a socialist future, Saturnino M. Borras, Journal of Agrarian Change
Populism, authoritarianism and agrarian struggles
16 February 2022
Panel discussion on themes in recent ERPI publications, including the new book ‘Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World’.
Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World
Authoritarian populism is on the rise, boosted by support from rural areas. A 2018 conference and series of articles examines why, and explores the alternatives: the social and political processes in rural spaces that are resisting or responding to regressive, authoritarian politics.
A feature by the online magazine openDemocracy includes video from the conference, and a list of articles by contributors to the ERPI.
Video: Rural Populism?
Is a progressive rural populism possible? This short video was produced by openDemocracy featuring participants at the conference ‘Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World’ in 2018.
‘A New Politics From The Left’
Book launch seminar with Hilary Wainwright, 31 October 2018 at Institute of Development Studies
Ian Scoones (ESRC STEPS Centre)
Marc Edelman (CUNY)
Saturnino ‘Jun’ Borras Jr. (Institute of Social Studies)
Wendy Wolford (Cornell University)
Ben White (ISS)
Jennifer Franco (Transnational Institute)
Lyda Fernanda (Transnational Institute)
Sergio Coronado (ISS)
Elyse Mills (ISS)
Ruth Hall (Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies – PLAAS)
The STEPS Centre provides support to the ERPI through membership of its coordinating team and communications.