Panel proposal for the UACES Annual Conference, Queen Mary, University of London, 5-7 September 2016

Podemos and the New Spanish Politics

The irruption of Podemos in the 2014 elections to the European Parliament has already made a profound impact on Spanish politics and the political system, which was profoundly changed in the general elections on 20 December 2015. Not only has Podemos established itself as part of the political landscape in Spain, but they have also redrawn the dimensions of that landscape. Their irruption onto the political scene has forced other parties to readjust their strategies, and Spanish politics is now no longer divided between left and right, but also between new and old. This panel explores the reasons behind the rise of Podemos, their ideology – in particular their populism – and the prospects for the coming years.

To be considered for inclusion in the panel, please email your proposal to Lasse Thomassen (, following the guidelines here: by 15 January 2016.

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