The Liberal International Order and Its Populist Adversaries in Russia, UK and USA

  • Robert G. Patman
Part of the Global Political Sociology book series (GLPOSO)


This chapter explores the proliferation of populist threats to the liberal international order during the last decade. It includes consideration of an external challenge from the Putin regime in Moscow; internal challenges following the Brexit victory in the UK referendum on EU membership and the advent of the ‘America First’ strategy after the election of Donald Trump to the White House; and the apparent convergence of these internal and external threats. Such challenges indicate that the current populist wave is symptomatic of deeper structural shifts in the evolution of the liberal order since the 1980s and unless the underlying causes—the downsides of globalization—are directly addressed the populist change is unlikely to fade anytime soon.


Liberal order Populism Putin Brexit Trump Globalization Anti-establishment Nationalism World order 


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  1. 1.University of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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