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Once considered as a relic of the past, Radical Left parties have made a comeback in Western Europe, with cases of remarkable success often hitting the headlines in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. In the past couple of decades, the Radical Left has participated in governments (or struck confidence-and-supply agreements) in a dozen of West European countries. Despite advances and setbacks, average support for Radical Left parties is now as high as it used to be during the ‘heyday’ of parliamentary radical-left politics in the 1960s and 1970s. Yet, we know surprisingly little about what drives support for this party family in contemporary West European societies. Can we even talk about a homogeneous radical-left electorate in Western Europe? And why are some Radical Left Parties more electorally successful than others? Using two decades of data on voters, parties and contextual characteristics across 18 European countries, Radical Left Voters in Western Europe constitutes the first-ever book-length attempt to examine these questions from a comparative perspective.
Raul Gomez (PhD European University Institute, Florence) is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Liverpool. His research interests lie at the intersection between sociology and comparative political science and his fields of expertise include electoral behaviour, political parties and public opinion. Raul co-edits the EJPR Political Data Yearbook, published on behalf of the European Consortium for Political Research, and his research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science; European Journal of Political Research; Journal of Common Market Studies; West European Politics; and Party Politics, among other outlets.
Luis Ramiro (PhD European University Institute, Florence) is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at UNED (Spain). He is Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics of SciencesPo (Paris). His research centres on political attitudes, political organisations and political behaviour. His most recent publications have focused on the vote for radical-left parties, party organisation and political attitudes. His work has been published in the European Journal of Political Research; West European Politics; Party Politics; European Political Science Review; and Political Studies.
Dr Elisabeth Carter is Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social, Political and Global Studies at Keele University. Her research expertise lies in Comparative European Politics, and her work focuses on political parties (particularly those of the radical right), elections and electoral systems. Her research has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, the Journal of Political Ideologies, and West European Politics, as well as by Manchester University Press, Routledge and Sage.View the book here