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Populist Radical Left Parties in Western Europe

1st Edition

By Marco Damiani


256 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-03-06
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This book provides a comparative analysis and a systemic categorization of the Populist Radical Left Parties (PRLPs) in Western Europe.

So far, the topics of populism and radical left have often been dealt with separately. The innovation of this work lies in the attempt to link the two above-mentioned categories in order to provide a definition of European PRLPs and to highlight their peculiarities. By combining theoretical analysis with empirical evidence, this book studies the process of transition to populism involving several European radical left parties. The author conducted interviews with national party secretaries, party leaders and Members of Parliament of the main PRLPs, and analyses a range of case studies including Podemos (Spain), Syriza (Greece), France insoumise (France), Party of Democratic Socialism and Die Linke (Germany), Socialist Party (Netherland), Workers’ Party of Belgium (Belgium) and Sinn Féin (Ireland).

This volume will appeal to scholars and students of political science and political sociology, media studies and everyone interested 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


About the Author

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).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties