Left Populism in Europe
Lessons from Jeremy Corbyn to Podemos
Where does the left go from here?
Bringing a wealth of experience in political organising, Marina Prentoulis argues that left populism is a political logic that brings together isolated demands against a common enemy. She looks at how egalitarian pluralism could transform economic and political institutions in a radical, democratic direction.
But each party does this differently, and the key to understanding where to go from here lies in a serious analysis of the roots of each movement's base, the forms of party organisation, and the particular national contexts. This book is a clear and holistic approach to left populism that will inform anyone wanting to understand and move forward positively in a bleak time for the left in Europe.
Marina Prentoulis is Associate Professor in Politics and Media at the University of East Anglia. She has been the UK spokesperson of Syriza and has given numerous interviews on British and International media including BBC's Newsnight and the Andrew Marr Show as well as CNN and Sky News.
'An outstanding contribution to understand the shortcomings and yet potentials of the left populist experience ... explains what left populism modestly achieved but also points very convincingly to what it has to do in the future to promote the values of equality, social justice and internationalism' - Oscar Garca Agustin, Associate Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark
'An important, timely appraisal of the European left, one that will inform and inspire activists' - Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA)
'It's been a dramatic decade for left-wing political projects in Greece, Spain, and the UK. Through personal experience, a wealth of interviews and analysis, Prentoulis pulls together an assessment which is vital for anyone who wants to understand the post-crash upsurge of radical politics in Europe' - Nick Dearden, Director of Global Justice Now
'Rigorously reflecting on the choreography of contemporary left-wing experiments flirting with left populism in crisis-ridden Europe, Prentoulis offers a challenging first assessment of its political advances, limitations and potential for left strategy' - Yannis Stavrakakis, Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
1. The Politics of Left Populism after the Global Financial Crisis
2. Grassroots Resistance, Austerity and the 'Populist Moment'
3. Creating a Party for the 21st Century: New Parties, New Structures?
4. Left Populism at Elections: Rhetoric and Programmes
5. Institutionalisation of Populist Promise
6. Europe and its 'Peoples': Negotiating Sovereignty
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745337647
eBook ISBN: 9781786806949
135mm x 215mm