Austin Mitchell argues that neoliberalism has caused wealth to trickle up, not down.
CUP Publisher Catherine Montgomery writes:
UC alumnus and best-selling author, Austin Mitchell, author of The Half-Gallon Quarter-Acre Pavlova Paradise, has just published a new book Revenge of the Rich: The neoliberal revolution in Britain and New Zealand with Canterbury University Press.
It’s an outspoken commentary on the impact of neoliberalism as a governing ideology, which in Mitchell’s view has failed to deliver on its promises, including the ‘trickle-down effect’, and has led instead to much greater inequality.
Yorkshireman Mitchell’s connections with Aotearoa New Zealand and UC go back a long way and were refreshed quite recently. He lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for eight years while lecturing in political science at the universities of Canterbury (1964–7) and Otago, and returned to UC as a Canterbury Scholar in 2016 to deliver a series of summer lectures. These lectures on ‘Britain and New Zealand: The Great Unravelling’ were a discussion of the evolution of recent British politics, drawing analogies with parallel developments and implications for Aotearoa New Zealand, and they form the nucleus of Mitchell’s new book. He says he believes it is the first to look at the rise and fall of neoliberalism as the prevailing ideology in the two countries where it was imposed ‘further and faster’ than in any others.
On hearing about the forthcoming book, one of his former politics students remarked that Mitchell’s lectures were always ‘packed’ as they were so entertaining. Helen Clark, prime minister of Aotearoa New Zealand 1999–2008 remarks in the Foreword to the book: ‘Agree with it, or disagree with it, love it or loathe it, Austin Mitchell’s writing provokes us to reflect on what our common future could be. It is written in a lively fashion with highly quotable turns of phrase.’
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Which English county does Austin Mitchell hail from?
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