While there has been much focus in recent times on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, there has been surprisingly little material on the phenomenon of left-wing populism. This edited collection seeks to fill that gap with an investigation of the relationship between the radical left and populism. Featuring a broad range of historical and contemporary case studies from across Europe, this is a much-needed empirical account of this phenomenon.

This book will be of considerable interest to researchers, scholars and students of left radicalism, European politics and the politics of social movements. It will also appeal to appeal to non-academic audiences, especially party and social movement activists because of its politically salient topic and its historical and comparative focus.

chapter 1|30 pages

Introducing the topic and the concepts

ByGiorgos Charalambous, Gregoris Ioannou

part I|2 pages

Left radicalism and populism across history

chapter 2|18 pages

The Russian Narodniks and their relationship to Russian Marxism

ByRichard Mullin

chapter 3|16 pages

Social democracy and the temptation of populism between the world wars

France in a comparative perspective
ByFabien Escalona

chapter 4|20 pages

Historicising the populist temptation

The case of Eurocommunism 1
ByIoannis Balampanidis

part II|2 pages

Contemporary radical left parties and populism

chapter 5|17 pages

Corbyn, Sanders and the contestation of neoliberal hegemony

ByOwen Worth

chapter 7|27 pages

New left populism contesting and taking power

The cases of SYRIZA and Podemos 1
ByAlexandros Kioupkiolis, Giorgos Katsambekis

part III|2 pages

Social movements, populism and socialist strategy

chapter 9|21 pages

Mapping anti-austerity discourse

Populism, sloganeering and/or realism? 1
ByDavid J. Bailey

chapter 10|19 pages

West European trade unions, labour and ‘the people’

From the golden era to the times of austerity
ByGregoris Ioannou, Giorgos Charalambous

chapter 11|34 pages

Populism as ‘deceptive invocations of the popular’

A political approach
BySeraphim Seferiades

chapter 12|9 pages


Populism and left radicalism in Europe across time and space
ByGiorgos Charalambous, Gregoris Ioannou