Associate Professor of Political Science, Brown University
October 17, 2014
11:30am - 1:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
The European left political scenario is experiencing a significant catharsis characterized by a decline in traditional social democratic parties with a twofold externality: the consolidation of conservative liberal governments and the creation of new “Populist Parties.” In fact, most political commentators concur that social democratic parties have been in decline over the past ten years or so. Nowadays, their electoral, ideological and programmatic prospects are so uncertain that it looks as if social democracy is engaged in a battle for survival. However, the continuous electoral decline of social democracy is only one dimension of this current trend. New parties have appeared with unexpected rapidness and strength. This panel aims to analyze all aspects of the new left political scenario in Europe.