Beyond electoralism: reflections on anarchy, populism, and the crisis of electoral politics

  • A Collective of Anarchist Geographers Memorial University of Newfoundland, University College Dublin, Cardiff University, University of Liverpool, Florida International University, University of Sheffield, University of British Columbia, Sheffield Hallam University
Keywords: anarchism, populism, social movements, voting


This paper is comprised of a series of short, conversational or polemical interventions reflecting on the political ‘moment’ that has emerged in the wake of the rise of right-populist politics, particularly in the Global North. We position the UK’s ‘Brexit’ vote and the election of Donald Trump as US President as emblematic of this shift, which has a longer genesis and a wider scale than these events alone. In particular, we draw on anarchist principles and approaches to consider opportunities for re-energising and re-orienting our academic and activist priorities in the wake of these turbulent times. Following a short introductory section, in which we collectively discuss key questions, challenges and tensions, each contributor individually draws from their own research or perspective to explore the possibilities of a politics beyond electoralism.

How to Cite
Anarchist Geographers, A Collective of. 2017. “Beyond Electoralism: Reflections on Anarchy, Populism, and the Crisis of Electoral Politics”. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 16 (4), 607-42.