The Socialist Register 2022

New Polarizations, Old Contradictions: The Crisis of Centrism

Edited by Greg Albo and Colin Leys  

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The 58th volume of the Socialist Register takes up the challenge of exploring how the new polarizations relate to the contradictions that underlie them and how far “centrist” politics can continue to contain them. Original essays examine the multiplication of polarized national, racial, generational and other identities in the context of growing inequality in income and wealth, new forms of regional and urban antagonism, “vaccine nationalism” and the shifting parameters of great power rivalry.

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  • Identity Crisis: The Politics of False Concretions (Samir Gandesha)
  • The Evolution of Race under Neoliberalism (Adolph and Touré Reed)
  • Identity, Ideology and Social Transformation (Himani Bannerji)
  • Liberal Melancholia and the Mourning of Democracy (Andreas Kalyvas)
  • Trump, Right-wing Populism and Neofascism in the US (Bill Fletcher)
  • The Crises of US Labour (Samir Sonti)
  • Market Polarisation, Political Polarisation, Fascism (Ingar Solty)
  • From Big Pharma to a Global Health Commons (Patrick Bond)
  • US vs China: A Rocky Hegemonic Transition (Walden Bello)
  • An Invisible Majority Haunting Europe? (Emanuele Ferragina and Alessandro Arrigoni)
  • Epidemiological Neoliberalism and Ecological Polarisation (Vishwas Satgar)
  • Social Polarization in Brazil (Virgina Fontes, Ana Garcia and Rejane Hoeveler)
  • Class and Protest in Russia (Ilya Matveev & Oleg Zhuravlev)
  • Money Makes the World Go Round (Simon Mohun)
  • Left strategy in the UK after Brexit (James Schneider & Hilary Wainwright)
  • Polarization and Contradiction in Capitalism Today (David Harvey)
  • Social Media, Misinformation and Reactionary Politics (Marcus Gilroy-Ware)


  • Greg Albo

    York University

    Greg Albo is a professor of Political Science at York University in Toronto.

  • Colin Leys


    Before coming to Queen’s in 1975 Colin Leys taught at Balliol College, Oxford; Kivukoni College in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; and the Universities of Sussex, Nairobi, and Sheffield. His work has primarily been on the theory and politics of development, with particular reference to Africa and the UK. His publications include European Politics in Southern Rhodesia; Underdevelopment in Kenya;The Political Economy of Neocolonialism; Politics in Britain; Namibia’s Liberation Struggle: The Two-Edged Sword (with John S. Saul and others); The Rise and Fall of Development Theory; The End of Parliamentary Socialism (with Leo Panitch); and Market Driven-Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest.

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