Left and right populisms in 2020 - video

Marina Prentoulis (University of East Anglia), Óscar García Agustín (Aalborg University), Ana Santamarina GuerreroDavid Featherstone and Lazaros Karaliotas (University of Glasgow) discuss left and right populisms in 2020. 

This conversation is convened by the Spatial Politics and Practices theme of the Human Geography Research Group, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow.

David Featherstone and Marina Prentoulis are members of the Soundings editorial collective. Lazaros Karaliotas is a member of the Soundings editorial advisory board.


The recording is an informal and preliminary discussion on questions of populism, drawing together our different perspectives, which are partly based on different disciplinary engagements and different geographical contexts. More specifically, the panel foregrounds how a dialogue between political theory and geography can help us grapple with hitherto underexplored aspects of populist politics. The following questions were discussed.

  • How do we make sense of the rapid growth and traction of forms of right-wing/far-right populism in the current conjuncture?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of left populisms as a political strategy and what are the key lessons of recent versions of left populism?
  • How might the transnational dynamics of different populist projects be understood and engaged with?
  • How do all these questions relate to questions of space and geography? 


From the Soundings archives - further reading on populism

What are the possibilities - and potential problems - of left populism?
Populism (Soundings 72, summer 2019)
David Featherstone and Lazaros Karaliotas

How new municipalism connects to translocal solidarity
New municipalism as space for solidarity (Soundings 74, spring 2020) 
Óscar García Agustín

Are there lessons from Latin America for European populism?
From the EU to Latin America: left populism and regional integration (Soundings 63, summer 2016)
Marina Prentoulis

On popular fronts, populism and alliances
Alliances, fronts, parties and populism (Soundings 65, summer 2017)
Kevin Morgan, Marina Prentoulis, Sirio Canós and Jeremy Gilbert

Podemos and ‘constructing a people’
Constructing a new politics (Soundings 62, spring 2016)
Íñigo Errejón and Chantal Mouffe

On populism, self-determination and sovereignty
The populist era (Soundings 65, spring 2017)
Paolo Gerbaudo


Read more about contemporary left populism in For the People: Left Populism in Spain and the US by Jorge Tamames, due out from Lawrence and Wishart in July this year.