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The Rise of the Capital State and Neo-Nationalism

In Conversation with Dr Oleksandr Svitych




In this episode, we hold a book talk on Dr Svitych’s recently published book: The Rise of the Capital-State and Neo-Nationalism. He began by explaining the differentiating factors between neo-nationalism and populism, highlighting his argument that the rise of neo-nationalism is rooted in the rise of the capital state. Dr Svitych also talked about the importance of the ideas of Karl Polanyi in his book wherein he drew on and also changed and modified Polanyi’s ideas to structure his argument. The conversation then moved on to discussing the effects of the pandemic and how neo-nationalism may pan out in the post-pandemic future. Lastly, he concludes by talking about the possibilities of the way forward and suggestions as to how the rise of neo-nationalism can be stopped.

About the Guest

Dr Oleksandr Svitych is an associate professor at the Jindal School of International Affairs. He received his PhD in Political Science from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore. His main research interest is the relationship between markets and social stability, spanning the fields of political economy, political sociology, contentious politics, party politics, and nationalism. Thank you for joining us today, Professor.

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