Spain’s Podemos – A New Way of Doing Politics? (26 Nov)



Pablo Iglesias greets followers at Podemos national convention


The next Taking Soundings event is on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 6pm
Antonio Martínez-Arboleda on Podemos: A New Way of Politics?

One of the most intriguing political phenomena this year has been the sudden rise on the Spanish political scene of Podemos, a radical political party based on the indignado 15M movement. Podemos did well in the European elections in May 2015 and after only existing for seven months is now the most popular party in Spain! Can this last?

One of the interesting facets of Podemos is the emphasis it has put on participation via social media. Its recent Citizens’ Assembly had 8000 people attending in person, and 150,000 online.

Does Podemos offer a new model for the European left? Is it just a populist flash-in-the-pan based on a charismatic celebrity intellectual (see photo of Pablo Iglesias above)? We really want to know much more about Podemos, what it stands for and where it is going.

Antonio’s talk and discussion is at 6pm on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at Leeds Beckett University city centre campus: Broadcasting Place, A building, Room G10, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds LS2 9EN (opposite the Fenton Pub).

Antonio is Principal Teaching Fellow in Spanish at the University of Leeds.

An important analysis of Podemos by Luke Stobart in Left Flank can be read here 

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One thought on “Spain’s Podemos – A New Way of Doing Politics? (26 Nov)

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    Steve Mog

    November 27, 2014 at 9:28pm

    Living in rural Asturias, Podemos is gonna be massive, it’s growing apace by the week. Can’t wait for next elections. Something big is gonna happen. It’s really quite exciting….am slightly nervous too as I just can’t imagine Spain’s 2 main parties / military / power brokers / allowing power to actually be transferred peacefully to the people.
    Biggest factor demonstrating how podemos can work in Spain but not UK is the reaction to the crisis.
    UK: mild irritation of masses accepting that they have to suffer n pay for the mess caused by the city.
    Spain: Masses never accepted that the crisis was theirs. They refuse to be tricked into thinking that that should have to pay.
    It has been clearly demonstrated that the masses want change and will not accept economic policies of either of the main parties which, as in UK, make masses pay for the – is crimes too strong a word..crimes of the rich and powerful.

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