Radical Left Parties in Government

The Cases of SYRIZA and AKEL

Authors: Katsourides, Yiannos

  • Provides a systematic understanding and analysis of the radical Left as a potential political force in Europe
  • Juxtaposes two parties of similar cultural origins and connected country histories that have never been studied comparatively
  • Contributes to a better understanding of radical left party politics in the EU and more specifically south Europe
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This book provides a comparative analysis of how two radical left parties achieved government participation and their subsequent political experiences. In the face of the most severe and most prolonged crisis in the history of capitalism, it would be expected for radical left parties to seize the opportunity to promote their political agenda. Although reality has often confounded prognosis, two particular radical left parties – the Greek SYRIZA and the Cypriot AKEL – were elected to the highest government office. The author uses these two examples to engage with the broader question of what to expect when left-wing radicals achieve governance. This question is now of particular importance given the emergence of radical leftists in other parts of Europe, including Corbyn in the UK and Podemos in Spain. 

About the authors

Yiannos Katsourides is Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cyprus. He has also taught at the European University Cyprus. His previous book, The History of the Communist Party in Cyprus: Colonialism, Class and the Cypriot Left, was published in July 2014. Dr Katsourides has been awarded fellowships from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of the University of London and the Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics. 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Katsourides, Yiannos

    Pages 1-25

  • The Left and Power: A Historical Retrospective

    Katsourides, Yiannos

    Pages 27-44

  • SYRIZA: The History of the Struggle of Factions

    Katsourides, Yianno

    Pages 45-69

  • AKEL’s Twofold Legacy

    Katsourides, Yiannos

    Pages 71-92

  • The Journey to Power: One Step Forward?

    Katsourides, Yiannos

    Pages 93-115

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Hardcover $54.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radical Left Parties in Government
Book Subtitle
The Cases of SYRIZA and AKEL
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58841-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58841-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58840-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 170
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