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.
ERPI Framing Paper
The ERPI Framing Paper was published as an article in the Journal of Peasant Studies. Download the paper below.
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.
Rural people are often held responsible for the rise of authoritarian populism. But what is it? And how are they fighting back? This new series challenges the sweeping generalisations made about rural communities. >> https://opendemocracy.net/authoritarian-populism-rural-world
Posted by openDemocracy on Thursday, September 13, 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.