Constructing a new politics

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Spring 2016

Recent initiatives across Europe have shown that political projects drawing on the work of Gramsci, especially as interpreted by Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, can be the source of strong growth in support for the left. Chantal Mouffe and leading Podemos strategist Íñigo Errejón here discuss the rise of Podemos, and the ways in which the party has drawn on the theoretical contribution made by Laclau and Mouffe. The first part of the discussion looks at the dominance across Europe of the centrist consensus, and the response to that of right-wing populism, stressing the need for an equivalent act of boldness on the left in shifting away from the centre. The second part looks at the relationship between the 15 May movement and the emergence of Podemos, and offers an insightful analysis that has implications for our understanding of how social movements and political parties interact.