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1st Edition

Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe

ISBN 9781138496026
Published February 4, 2020 by Routledge
214 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides a comparative analysis and a systemic categorization of the Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe.

Institutional and socio-economic aspects have transformed the political culture of many modern democracies, leading to the creation of radical left-wing parties who, by combining a strongly populist political offer with the historical demands of the traditional left wing, are capable of electoral success. This book analyzes a range of different Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe through in-depth case studies. The author uses statutes, internal documents, programs, election results, membership data, and international political literature combined with interviews with executives and national secretaries to describe and interpret the main features of PRLPs, their paths of formation and political transformation.

This volume will appeal to scholars and students of political science and political sociology, media studies and anyone interested in trying to better understand European populism and the distinctions among its different forms.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Conceptual framework

Chapter 2 – Left-wing Populism

Chapter 3 – New Identitarian Approach

Chapter 4 – Forerunners of Populism

Chapter 5 – Ideal-typical Populism

Chapter 6 – Populism of Government

Chapter 7 – Presidential Populism

Chapter 8 – Others Leftist Populisms

Chapter 9 – Inside. Internal Dimension

Chapter 10 – Outside. External Dimension


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Marco Damiani is Assistant Professor in Political Sociology at University of Perugia. His researches focus on the European political parties. In particular, he works on the Left and radical Left parties and the European populist parties. With Routledge he published: "Citizen democracy. New politics in new participation models", in M. Anselmi and P. Blokker (eds.) Multiple Populisms: Italy as Democracy's Mirror (2019); "The European Radical Left. Transformation and Political Changement", in J. Ibrahim and J. M. Roberts (eds.) Contemporary Left-Wing Activism Volume 1: Democracy, Participation and Dissent in a Global Context (2019); "Radical Left-wing Populism and Democracy in Europe", in C. de la Torre (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Global Populism (2018).