European Political Science

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 170–172 | Cite as

Street protests meet party politics: movement parties in the Eurozone periphery

Donatella della Porta et al.: Movement parties against austerity. Cambridge, Polity, 2017, 237 pp, ISBN 978-1509511457
  • Jose PiquerEmail author

Between 2010 and 2014 SYRIZA in Greece, Podemos in Spain and the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) in Italy capitalised on the wave of anti-austerity discontent that swept across the streets of Southern Europe, transforming the political landscape of the Eurozone periphery. In Movement Parties Against Austerity, Donatella della Porta, Joseba Fernández, Hara Kouki and Lorenzo Mosca argue that this protest cycle triggered the rise of new political parties with close linkages to social movements.

Movement parties are hybrid political organisations formed by coalitions of political activists who try to apply the organisational and strategic practices of social movements in the arena of party competition. These parties have emerged where the economic crisis has been faster and when electoral volatility was high (p. 9); where existing parties have failed to represent new and salient grievances/interests/identities (p. 10); where established parties were losing citizens’ trust and centre-left parties...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politics and International Studies (POLIS)University of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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