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Start Up Nation from the Left

June 29, 2020

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Ceci est le second texte dans notre échange sur Slow Démocratie, par David Djaïz (Editions Allary, 2019). 

Few will remember the “Slow Science” movement. In 2011, a group of academics launched a call in The Atlantic for a decelerated research ethic. “We need time to think and we do need time to digest,” their manifesto claimed, including “time to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between humanities and natural sciences…. Science needs time.” The slow science movement was only part of a general trend towards slowness, from proponents of slow food to adherents of “slow living.” “Slow politics” was bound to join this one day. While Walter Benjamin once claimed that the real task of the

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May 28, 2019

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Slowly but steadily, European politics is Europeanizing. While the last round of European elections seemed addled by disputes over the size of bananas and the color of passports, as the philosopher Luuk Van Middelaar put it, this campaign’s themes looked essentially transnational: immigration, climate justice, sovereignty, European security. Some have even proclaimed the final advent of the “public sphere” Europeanists longed for all along. Although it has grown in and through crises, some kind of sphere is definitely growing.

Appearances can be deceptive, however. In many European countries, the elections remain plebiscites on domestic issues: Macron in France, Merkel in Germany, corruptions scandals in Romania. There is also a

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The Return of Populism

March 12, 2019

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Review of Le Retour des populismes : L’État du monde 2019, edited by Bertrand Badie and Dominique Vidal (La Découverte, 2018).

The populism industry is booming. According to numbers assembled by Cas Mudde and Cristobal Kaltwasser in their Oxford Handbook of Populism (2017), the number of Anglophone publications containing the word “populism” in the title rose from 300 in the 1970s to more than 800 in the 2000s, rising steadily to over 1000 in 2010. Since then, the storm has not wavered: in the last couple of years, over 500 academic publications have appeared on the topic, and political science journals can hardly keep up with the list of papers. There now even is a journal exclusively dedicated to the topic: the bluntly

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