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 Mélenchon and France’s 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. Contributors compare and contrast these new social movements and investigate how and why some parties have consolidated their power much more effectively than others. 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.
"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." - Cristóbal 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
Introduction - The populist radical left in Europe
Giorgos Katsambekis and Alexandros Kioupkiolis
Chapter 1 – The Populist Radical Left in Greece: Syriza in opposition and in power
Chapter 2 – Late modern adventures of leftist populism in Spain: the case of Podemos, 2014-2018
Chapter 3 – Between populism and socialism: Slovenia’s Left party
Chapter 4 – Jean-Luc Mélenchon and France Insoumise: the manufacturing of populism
Chapter 5 – The Dutch Socialist Party: from Maoist sect to Social Democratic mass party with a populist style
Paul Lucardie & Gerrit Voerman
Chapter 6 – The German Left Party: A case of pragmatic populism
Dan Hough & Dan Keith
Chapter 7 – Corbynism, Populism and the Re-shaping of Left Politics in Contemporary Britain
Bice Maiguashca & Jonathan Dean
Chapter 8 – Populism 2.0: New movements towards progressive populism
Chapter 9 - Postscript: Populism, the (radical) left and the challenges for future research