The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea

A study of why liberal ideas in politics and economics have come under threat in the long aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, and of what can be done to save them from the likes of Donald Trump

In the long aftermath of the worst financial crisis to have hit advanced countries since 1929, liberal ideas have found themselves under threat, from the nationalist, illiberal likes of Donald Trump. But so has the co-operative network of liberal, democratic societies that we call the West, a network of alliances and friendships that was built up by the United States after 1945 and which together created the set of multilateral institutions and rules that have set a high degree of order for the world. “The Fate of the West” analyses why this has happened and takes an optimistic view of how the most successful political idea in world history — liberalism — can and will be saved.