Challenging Neoliberal Governmentality: Social Movements and the New Radical Left

  • Alen Toplišek
Part of the The Theories, Concepts and Practices of Democracy book series (PSTCD)


This chapter brings together the theoretical observations from previous chapters and demonstrates their relevance by examining the trajectory of the post-2011 protest movements in Europe. The author argues that the emergence of new radical left parties in Slovenia, Spain, and Greece acts as a repoliticisation of the depoliticised democratic structures, while representing the possibility of building an alternative to neoliberal governmentality. The analysis starts by identifying the continuities and discontinuities of the anti-austerity movements with the Global Justice Movement. The case study of the 2012–2013 Slovenian protests and the emergence of the United Left party are then used to examine more closely the changes in strategy by the Slovenian radical left. The chapter concludes by identifying and analysing two challenges that the new radical left parties face in their resistance to neoliberal governmentality.


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  • Alen Toplišek
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  1. 1.Department of Politics and International StudiesSOAS University of LondonLondonUK

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