Sugar Daddy Capitalism The Dark Side of the New Economy PETER FLEMING
What is the connection between the sleaziness of Harvey Weinstein’s “business meetings” and the passionless doctrine of neoclassical economics? In this witty and incisive examination of the new economy, Peter Fleming argues that they are closer than you might think. The quest to rid society of bureaucracy, shrink government and burn red tape has certainly made capitalism “more human,” but not in the family-friendly way envisaged by free-market gurus. Increasing informality has led to a capitalism fueled by limitless exploitation and increasingly seedy methods of management, from semi-feudal workplace hazing rituals and predatory middle-managers with an axe to grind to arbitrary zero-hours contracts, Uber, and perhaps worst of all, jogging. Fleming dubs this “Sugar Daddy Capitalism” after the controversial dating-app wealthy businessmen use to meet young girls, most of whom are struggling with university fees. What seems like a creepy outlier is actually a prescient metaphor for our whole economy: an anonymous and impersonal cash system that is also intent on getting under your skin, extra close and capable of ruining everything if you say ... “no”. PETER FLEMING is Professor of Business and Society at the Cass Business School.
216 x 138mm | 184 pages | October 2018
HB | 978-1-5095-2819-6 £50.00 | $64.95 | €65.90 PB | 978-1-5095-2820-2 £15.99 | $22.95 | €20.90
The New Authoritarianism Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts SALVATORE BABONES
The election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote in the UK have caused panic among liberals worldwide. They argue that the populist backlash represents a dangerous new authoritarianism. But what if the really dangerous authoritarianism is in fact their own? In this provocative book, Salvatore Babones argues that democracy has been undermined by a quiet but devastating power grab conducted by a class of liberal experts. They have advanced a global rights-based agenda which has tilted the balance away from the vibrant unpredictability of democratic decision-making towards the creeping technocratic authority of liberal consensus. Populism represents an imperfect but reinvigorating political flood that has the potential to sweep away decades of institutional detritus and rejuvenate democracy across the west. Babones’s bracing attack on the insidious “new authoritarianism” of the expert class will stimulate and challenge all readers trying to make sense of the political tumult of the recent past. SALVATORE BABONES is Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney.
190 x 124mm | 120 pages | September 2018
HB | 978-1-5095-3308-4 £35.00 | $45.00 | €44.90 PB | 978-1-5095-3309-1
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