'Zippin' up My Boots, Goin' Back to My Roots': Radical Left Parties in Southern Europe

Myrto Tsakatika, Marco Lisi

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Radical left parties actively encourage the participation of their members in internal decision-making and insist on promoting organised links to trade unions and social movements. As a party family, they deviate from what is considered to be the trend in which Western political parties have turned their backs on their social roots. Drawing on the experience of South European radical left parties from the fall of the Berlin Wall until the recent financial crisis, we argue that ideology, electoral incentives, party competition and external events explain the radical left's pronounced emphasis on linkage, while organisational trajectory explains variation within the party family in terms of the linkage strategies pursued.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalSouth European Society And Politics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • Environmental Linkage
  • Linkage Strategies
  • Participatory Linkage
  • Party Change
  • Radical Left Parties
  • Southern Europe


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