Bilateral ESRC/FAPESP: Ruptures of the neoliberal consensus? Studying emerging narratives competing for glocal change in the 21st century

Project: Research council

Project Details


This project seeks to investigate the nature of alternative socio-political narratives experienced recently in the Global North and South and their effects on the development of a new political dynamic that affects the state of existing democracies. The ‘pink tide’ in Latin America and the rise of left and right populisms in Europe have interrupted in different ways the long-lasting equilibrium established between neoliberal economics and representative democracy. The idea of globalisation cemented upon the link between near unregulated markets and managerial, non-conflictual, politics has been destabilised as the dominant consensus governing state-society relations. Conversely, new contentious ideas of sovereignty, autonomy and governance have emerged within the current crisis of neoliberalism and flux in the political order. Whilst the rupture of the neoliberal consensus destabilised the basis of representative democracy, the new emerging narratives demand an expansion of its limits. By comparing cases in the global north and south, this research project will draw lessons in terms of the relationship between emerging dynamics vis-à-vis threats and correctives to democracy. In addition, the research project proposes the implementation of a pilot impact case study and the production of audio-visual material in order to feedback the knowledge produced with knowledge co-creators. In doing so, the RupNeoCon project aims to learn about ‘democracy in the making’ but also aspires to become a learning space on its own from which engaged local and global social agents and institutional actors can draw inspiration and knowledge for their actions.
Short title496,336
Effective start/end date1/10/1831/08/20


  • Global North
  • Global South
  • neoliberalism
  • social movements
  • discourse
  • democracy
  • political representation
  • populism