The complex trajectory of Europe after the 2008 global financial crisis, has led to the catastrophic failure of deep austerity measures that swept across the Union, and is reflected in the rise of some radical left parties such as SYRIZA as well as an unfortunate rise in far right and nationalist parties and movements. This collection brings together a group of European scholars and activists from various European countries to discuss the recent economic, political, and electoral changes in respective countries, and the current status and future plans of radical left parties and movements. This book fills a significant gap within the current literature in the English-speaking world on post-2008 Europe, featuring a nation-based European wide survey of the current activities and plans of radical Left parties and movements in relation to the mounting social, political, and economic problems in Europe. This book contributes to the discussion by presenting a realistic depiction of the existing radical Left forces in Europe. This title was previously published as a special issue of Socialism and Democracy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Situating the Radical Left in Contemporary Europe 3. The Radical Left in Greece 4. "Old" and "New" Left in the Kingdom of Spain, 2008–2015 5. The Radical Left in France 6. The Radical Left in Benelux 7. The Radical Left in Germany 8. From Splits to Unification? On the Recent History of the Italian Radical Left 9. The "Memorandum of Understanding" in Portugal and the Portuguese Left 10. The Nordic Radical Left 11. The Radical Left of the New EU: Between Communist Nostalgia and Postmodern Radicalism 12. "New Left" in the Post-Yugoslav Space: Issues, Sites, and Forms 13. The Radical Left in Britain 14. The Radical Left in Ireland 15. A Chronology of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis
Babak Amini is a PhD student in Sociology at York University (Toronto). He is a member of the editorial board of Socialism and Democracy.