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The breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country’s two-party system

Kennedy, Paul (2014) The breakthrough of Podemos in Spain poses a serious challenge for the country’s two-party system. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (09 Jun 2014). Website.

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In contrast to other countries across Europe which saw the emergence of Eurosceptic and far-right parties during the European Parliament elections, the story in Spain was the breakthrough of the left-wing ‘Podemos’ (‘We can’), who secured eight per cent of the country’s vote despite only being formed shortly before the election. Paul Kennedy writes on the party’s development and the impact it could have on the Spanish party system ahead of the 2015 Spanish general election. He notes that Podemos, which is closely linked to the ’15-M’ protest movement that began in 2011, has the potential to win votes from those who have traditionally supported the main centre-left Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party. One of the key decisions affecting its success, however, is likely to be whether it chooses to align with other smaller parties in Spain, such as those in the ‘Plural Left’ coalition.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Sets: Collections > LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 13:10
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2020 23:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/71932

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