The European Left Party

By Luke March and Richard Dunphy

The European Left Party


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8107-1
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: December 2019
  • BIC Category: Politics, Politics & government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics, Society & social sciences / Political parties, Society & social sciences / Politics & government, Europe, Society & social sciences / Comparative politics


With the stability of the European Union under threat and tensions between the national and supranational increasing, what will happen to the EU party system?

For the internationalist European left, European integration and the role of transnational parties represent a central contention and concern. In May 2004, the European radical left, representing parties to the left of social democracy and the Green party family, created the transnational European Left Party (EL), uniting parties like the German Die Linke, Italian Rifondazione Comunista and Greek Syriza. In 2009, the EL fought the European Parliament elections on the basis of a common manifesto, emerging over the last decade as an apparently stable actor at EU level.

As the first detailed study of the EL this book analyses the role of the party in European politics and the politics of the European radical left. What challenges will the EL have to overcome in order for it to become a significant force for the creation of a genuine, democratic European polity? To what degree has the EL enabled an increase in the electoral or policy influence of the radical left in Europe? Written by two of the foremost experts on the European left, this book is essential reading to those interested in how the left has fared in post-crisis Europe.


1 EU party politics and the role of the transnational parties
2 Radical left parties and European integration: the legacy of history
3 The origins and emergence of the European Left Party
4 The organisation, structure and political presence of the European Left Party
5 Programmatic and policy coherence and development
6 The EL as the 'nexus of networks'? Developing relations with the movements and broader European radical left
7 The EL in comparative context: organisational and programmatic developments among left-of-centre TNPs


Richard Dunphy is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Dundee

Luke March is Chair of Post-Soviet and Comparative Politics, Head of Politics and International Relations and Deputy Director of the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre at the University of Edinburgh

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