Trump, Brexit & “Post-Truth”: How Post-Structuralist IR Theories can help us understand World Order in the 21st century
Many claim that we live in a “post-truth” world order which disregards “facts” and in which emotions are more important than reason (d’Ancona 2017; Ball 2017; Davis 2017). And without doubt in many debates on the current development of international politics and world order the aspect of “post-truth” politics is considered to be a vital element. With the rise of populist movements around the world, the Brexit decision in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US, the delegitimation of expert knowledge, claiming of “fake news” and referral to “alternative facts” seem to have taken centre stage. It is these elements of world order that this short essay wants to reflect on by considering what IR theory has to say about “(post)-truth” as a situation “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”.1In particular it will focus on post-structuralist approaches to IR for two...
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