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1st Edition

The Radical Left in Europe in the Age of Austerity

ISBN 9781138673564
Published April 22, 2016 by Routledge
186 Pages

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Book Description

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
Marcello Musto

2. Situating the Radical Left in Contemporary Europe
Babak Amini

3. The Radical Left in Greece
Mihalis Panayiotakis

4. "Old" and "New" Left in the Kingdom of Spain, 2008–2015
Antoni Domenech, Gustavo Buster and Daniel Raventós

5. The Radical Left in France
Jean-Numa Ducange

6. The Radical Left in Benelux
Erik Meijer

7. The Radical Left in Germany
Frieder Otto Wolf

8. From Splits to Unification? On the Recent History of the Italian Radical Left
Eleonora Forenza

9. The "Memorandum of Understanding" in Portugal and the Portuguese Left
António Simoões do Paço and Raquel Varela

10. The Nordic Radical Left
Teppo Eskelinen

11. The Radical Left of the New EU: Between Communist Nostalgia and Postmodern Radicalism
Stanislav Holubec

12. "New Left" in the Post-Yugoslav Space: Issues, Sites, and Forms
Igor Štiks

13. The Radical Left in Britain
Kate Hudson

14. The Radical Left in Ireland
Conor McCabe

15. A Chronology of the European Sovereign Debt Crisis
Babak Amini

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Babak Amini is a PhD student in Sociology at York University (Toronto). He is a member of the editorial board of Socialism and Democracy.