Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Donatella della Porta, Nancy Fraser, Eva Illouz, Ivan Krastev, Bruno Latour, Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Robert Misik, Oliver Nachtwey, César Rendueles, Wolfgang Streeck, David Van Reybrouck, Slavoj Žižek

The Great Regression - An International Debate

Edited by Heinrich Geiselberger
(German title: Die große Regression)
ca. 320 pages
Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser

Nancy Fraser is Professor of the New School University in New York.

Eva Illouz
Foto: Eva Illouz
© Susanne Schleyer

Eva Illouz, born in 1961 in Morocco, is Professor at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Bruno Latour
Foto: Bruno Latour
© Emilie Hermant

Bruno Latour, born in 1947, is Professor at the Sciences Politiques Paris and Deputy Director of the Centre of Sociologie des Organisations (CSO).

Selected Backlist:

Eine neue Soziologie für eine neue Gesellschaft (Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, Oxford University Press) (2010) Translations: Chinese simplex rights (Commercial Press), Portuguese (Editora da Universidade Federal da Bahia), Korea (Moonji), Poland (TaiWPN Universitas)

Das Parlament der Dinge (Politiques de la nature, Éditions La Découverte & Syros) (2009)

Wir sind nie modern gewesen (Nous n'avons jamais été modernes. Essai d'anthropologie symétrique, Éditions La Découverte) (2008) Translations: USA (Harvard UP), England (Simon & Schuster), Spanish world rights (Debate; Siglo Veintiuno), Chinese simplex rights (Suzhou UP, pending), Russia (EUSP Press St. Petersburg), Portuguese rights (Editora 34), Arabic world rights (Dar Al Mada), Italy (Elèuthera), Netherlands (Van Gennep), Denmark (Hanz Reitzels), Norway (Spartacus), Finnland (Vastapaino), Korea (Galmuri), Japan (Shin Yoron), Poland (Oficyna Naukowa, pending),Slovakia (Kalligram), Hungary (Osiris), Bulgaria (Critique et Humanisme), Lithuania (Homo Liber), Croatia (ARKZIN/ALIR), Serbia (Mediterran, pending), Turkey (Norgank), Greece (Synalma)

Robert Misik
Foto: Robert Misik

Robert Misik, born in Vienna in 1966, is a journalist and political author. He was awarded the Prize of the Keynes Society for Economic Journalism in 2018.

Oliver Nachtwey
Foto: Oliver Nachtwey

Oliver Nachtwey, born in 1975, is an associate professor of social structure analysis at the University of Basel and an associated scholar of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main.

Wolfgang Streeck
Foto: Wolfgang Streeck
© MPlfG Manolo Finish

Wolfgang Streeck, born in 1946, is the director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Research in Cologne and professor of sociology at the University of Cologne.

He has previously held positions in Frankfurt, New York, Münster, and Berlin, and he was professor of sociology and industrial relations at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Wolfgang Streeck is an Honorary Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics and a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences as well as the Academia Europaea.

Slavoj Žižek
Foto: Slavoj Žižek
© Susanne Schleyer

Slavoj Žižek, born 1949, is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic.

He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Seix Barral), Catalan rights (Grup 62), Chinese simplex rights (Horizon), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Estação Liberdade), Korea (Sallim), Portugal (PRH – Objectiva), France (Premier Parallèle; Paperback Sublicense: Gallimard Folio), Italy (Feltrinelli), Netherlands (Atlas|Contact), Czech Republic (Rybka), Bulgaria (KX Critique & Humanism), Romania (ART), Turkey (Metis)

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The huge international debate on rightwing populism – appearing simultaneously in thirteen languages!


At the latest, since the effects of the financial crisis became clear and migration to the European Union began to grow, we have seen developments that many had thought were the phenomena of a distant age: the rise of nationalistic, in part anti-liberal parties like the Front National and the Alternative für Deutschland, the profound crisis of the EU, a coarsening of public discourse thanks to demagogues like Donald Trump, a growing distrust of the established media and the spread of xenophobic ideas... all of which are a reminder of dark times. Politicians are vilified as »traitors to the fatherland«, Muslims are under general suspicion and the internet is awash with the crudest of conspiracy theories.

In this collection, internationally renowned researchers and intellectuals examine the causes of this »Great Regression«, locate them in a historical context, introduce scenarios for the coming years and discuss strategies we can use to resist such developments.

With contributions from Arjun Appadurai, Zygmunt Bauman, Donatella della Porta, Nancy Fraser, Eva Illouz, Ivan Krastev, Bruno Latour, Paul Mason, Pankaj Mishra, Robert Misik, Oliver Nachtwey, César Rendueles, Wolfgang Streeck, David Van Reybrouck and Slavoj Žižek.


Further information about this project, videos, excerpts and discussions, on our homepage: www.thegreatregression.eu


»Here the spectrum of interpretative possibilities to the left of the political centre have been well sounded out.« Barbara Kuchler, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»Where are we? This is a tough question to answer these days … And in this respect, the present volume has come at precisely the right time.« Walter Hollstein, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»A collaborative book for a world in the process of sealing itself off.« Libération

» ...a topical and excellent anthology.« Caroline Fetscher, Der Tagesspiegel

»A book that demands to be discussed and debated ... « Gesine Reichstein, radio bremen

»This book is recommended reading for anyone who’d like to understand some of the driving forces behind the turn to Pegida, the AfD, Trump, Brexit, Le Pen, Orban, and Wilders.« literatourismus.net

»The Great Regression not only offers various analyses of the reasons for the success of populism, but numerous and distinct perspectives as well.« Hans-Martin Schönherr-Mann, Deutschlandfunk

»Those who engage with this book will be rewarded with many surprising points of view and undogmatic lines of thought.« ekz.bibliotheksservice 2017/20

»An international debate on the causes of this great regression as well as ways out and democratic alternatives can be an important contribution to a desperately needed change of course. Suhrkamp Verlag’s collection offers an initial…overview and abundant points of entry into the discussion.« Kulturbuchtipps


Other publications

Warum Liebe endet/The End of Love (2018)

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English world rights (Oxford UP), Spanish world rights (Katz), Chinese complex rights (Linking), France (Seuil), Italy (Codice), Netherlands (Ten Have), Sweden (Daidalos), Korea (Dolbegae), Greece (Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou), Israel (Modan)

Die Abstiegsgesellschaft/Germany’s Hidden Crisis (2016)

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English world rights (Verso), Spanish world rights (Paidos Iberica), France (MSH)

Die neue Liebesordnung/Hard-Core Romance (2013)

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English world rights (Chicago UP), Spanish world rights (Katz), France (Seuil), Italy (Mimesis), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Korea (Dolbegae), Poland (PWN)

Gekaufte Zeit/Buying Time (2013)

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English world rights (Verso), Spanish world rights (Katz), Chinese simplex rights (SSAP), Russia (Higher School of Economics), Brazil (Boitempo), Portugal (Actual), Arabic world rights (Sefsafa), France (Gallimard), Italy (Feltrinelli), Netherlands (Leesmagazijn), Sweden (Daidalos), Finland (Vastapaino), Korea (Dolbegae), Japan (Misuzu Shobo), Poland (Natolin European Center), Bulgaria (K&X Critique & Humanism), Turkey (Koc UP)

Warum Liebe weh tut/Why Love Hurts (2011)

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Spanish world rights (Katz), Chinese simplex rights (East China Normal UP), Chinese complex rights (Linking), Russia (Directmedia), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Zahar), Arabic world rights (Page Seven), France (Seuil), Italy (Il Mulino), Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Sweden (Daidalos), Korea (Dolbegae), Japan (Fukumura Shuppan), Poland (Krytyka Polityczna), Romania (Art), Croatia (Planetopija), Serbia (Psihopolis Institut), Turkey (Zen), Greece (Ekdoseis tou Eikostou Protou), Israel (Keter)

Cogitamus/Cogitamus (2011)

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English world rights (Harvard UP), Spanish world rights (Paidós), Italy (Il Mulino), Korea (April Books)

Gefühle in Zeiten des Kapitalismus/Cold Intimacies (2006)

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Die Puppe und der Zwerg/The Puppet and the Dwarf (2003)

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Spanish world rights (Paidos), Russia (Europa), Portuguese rights (Relogio D’Agua), France (Seuil), Korea (Ghil), Turkey (Imge) Greece (Scripta)

Umverteilung oder Anerkennung?/Redistribution or Recognition (2003)

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Spainish world rights (Morata), Italy (Meltemi), Korea (April Books), Japan (Hosei UP), Poland (DSWE), Czech Republic (Filosofia), Romania (Tact)

Die gnadenlose Liebe/On Belief (2001)

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Chinese complex rights (TCLC), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Autentica), France (Actes Sud), Japan (Sangyo Tosho), Poland (Aletheia), Croatia (Algoritam)