Mabel Berezin


On her book Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe

Cover Interview of September 24, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Security is a core component of democratic practice.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“If we think of the nation-state in terms of experiential and legal security, then we can conceptualize it as an arena that adjudicates risk for its members.”

On the second:

“Most citizens live in the middle—not at the edges of either left or right.  Political extremism of all stripes may generate violence and hatred—but it tends not to win elections.  In that regard, I am extremely hopeful.”