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The Populist Radical Left in Europe

Giorgos Katsambekis Alexandros Kioupkiolis



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29 March 2019
Political structure & processes; Elections & referenda; Political parties; Pressure groups & lobbying; Revolutionary groups & movements
Building on a comprehensive theoretical framework that draws on discursive and ideational approaches to populism, this volume offers a comparative mapping of the Populist Radical Left in contemporary Europe. It explores the novel discursive, political and organisational features of several political actors, as well as the conditions of their emergence and success, while being alert to the role of relevant social movements.

Chapters feature case studies of the Greek party Syriza, the Spanish Podemos, the German Die Linke, Jean-Luc Melenchon and France Insoumise, the Dutch Socialist Party and the Slovenian Levica. Jeremy Corbyn's leadership of Labour in the UK and 'Momentum', the movement that supports him is also examined. A separate chapter is devoted to recent grassroots social movements that can be seen as instances of progressive populism, such as the 'squares movement' in Spain and Greece.

This book fills a crucial gap in the literature on radical left politics and populism in Europe, contributing to the rapidly burgeoning field of populism studies.
Edited by:   Giorgos Katsambekis, Alexandros Kioupkiolis
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9781138744806
ISBN 10:   1138744808
Series:   Routledge Advances in European Politics
Pages:   216
Publication Date:   29 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Giorgos Katsambekis is a Lecturer in European and International Politics at Loughborough University. He has co-edited the volume Radical Democracy and Collective Movements Today (Ashgate 2014). His recent work has appeared in The Political Quarterly, Constellations, European Political Science, Javnost-The Public, Contemporary Political Theory, Critical Discourse Studies and The Journal of Political Ideologies. Alexandros Kioupkiolis is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Political Theory at Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. His research interests are focussed on radical democracy, the commons, social movements, and the philosophy of freedom. He is directing an ERC COG project on these topics (Heteropolitics, 2017-2020) and has published numerous relevant books and papers, including the monograph Freedom after the critique of foundations (Palgrave Macmillan 2012), and the collective volume Radical democracy and collective movements today (Ashgate 2014). His new monograph is entitled he Common and Counter-hegemonic Politics (forthcoming, Edinburgh University Press 2019).

Reviews for The Populist Radical Left in Europe

Europe is changing at a fast pace and little attention has been given so far to the transformation of the left in the continent. This book addresses this research gap by offering detailed analyses of different cases of populist radical left forces across Europe. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in learning about the future of the populist radical left in Europe and beyond. - Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile This volume focuses - for the first time - on the wide range of left-wing populist parties and movements in Europe in a very accessible way and provides both in-depth theoretical discussion as well as excellent empirical research. The introduction and the conclusion offer salient critical and comparative insights. Finally, the already inflationary concept of `populism' is grounded on theoretical, historical and context-dependent analyses of manifold examples. A must-read for scholars and students in the Social Sciences! - Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, UK/University ofVienna, Austria This is a superlative and agenda-setting volume. Eschewing or skewering much of the hype about the `new left populism,' it analyses left populism within a broader analytical and geographical perspective. It focusses on several key case studies, which include nuanced approaches to the `usual suspects' (Greece and Spain), with some lesser known (Slovenia) or atypical cases (Corbyn's Labour). The volume both situates the populist left within the study of the wider radical left, and within the wider theoretical undulations of theoretical approaches to populism. It both makes a case for the primacy of ideational/discursive approaches to populism, and highlights the particular applicability of Laclauian formalism. With a number of insightful and detailed chapters from leading scholars, this is a real tour-de-force, and a must for serious scholars both of the left and populism. - Luke March, University of Edinburgh, UK This volume should be essential reading for anyone interested in the future of the European Left. The volume provides the first extensive analysis of left-wing populism in Europe. From Syriza through Podemos to Corbyn's Labour, and many others, the authors analyse the nature of, and the future prospects for, these new parties, and what their emergence means for the study of populism. - Lasse Thomassen, Queen Mary, University of London, UK In an edited collection called The Populist Radical Left in Europe, Giorgios Katsambekis and Alexandros Kioupkiolis offer a welcome corrective to Mertens's indeterminacy. Both scholars are renowned for their combination of theoretical and empirical work on populism, focusing mainly on the European periphery and its left populists[...] This offers a painful but necessary occasion for reflection - about what left populism means, what it does and does not stand for, what it should and what it should not do. As an engaging and engaged work of political science, The Populist Radical Left provides exactly that. - Anton Jager, University of Cambridge, UK

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