Radical Democracy and Left Populism

IIEA1st May 20191min
In her address to the IIEA, Professor Mouffe scrutinises the “populist moment” that we are currently witnessing in Western Europe and argues that the development of a left populism is the only way to combat the rising support for right-wing populist parties.



Drawing on her latest book, For a Left Populism, Professor Mouffe analyses the “populist moment” that we are currently witnessing in Western Europe. She argues that the only way to resist the growth of right-wing populist parties is by the development of a left populism aiming at the recovery and radicalisation of democracy. This timely address takes place less than a month before the European Parliament elections.

About the Speaker:

Chantal Mouffe is a political theorist and author. She is Emeritus Professor at the University of Westminster and has previously taught at universities across Europe, North America and Latin America. She has also held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris. Professor Mouffe is author or co-author of several books, including the influential Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a radicalisation of democracy. Her latest book, For a Left Populism, was published in June 2018.