The decline of the left in Europe


Friday, October 17, 2014, 11:30am to 1:00pm


Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall. 27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge.

Josep Borrell, former European Parliament President and Jean Monnet Professor at Complutense University and  Alexander H. Gourevitch, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University will participate at this pane, sponsored by Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law and Government and RCC.

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.

Sponsor(s): CES Study Group in EU Law and Government; Jean Monnet ad personam Chair in European Union Law and Government.

Contact(s): José Manuel Martínez Sierra