Left-wing Populism in Spain

Discursive Formations on the European Union


  • Juan Roch González Freie Universität Berlin




Podemos, EU issues, left-wing populism, hegemonic discourse, articulatory practices


This article examines the discursive appeal of Podemos, an allegedly left-wing “populist party” in Spain, to European Union (EU) issues. It analyses the political discourse of this party on the EU focusing on specific points of rupture of the hegemonic discourses in the Spanish political system. Literature on party politics and populism offers empirical evidence about the emergence of traditional right-wing populist parties and new left-wing populist parties in Europe; scholars have also studied the Eurosceptic tendency of right-wing populist parties. However, little attention has been paid to the discursive approach of left-wing populist parties to the EU. Using discourse analysis, this study illuminates the points of rupture of the hegemonic discursive formations in Spain and identifies the articulatory practices of Podemos on EU issues. The results indicate that the EU is integrated in an ambivalent way in the dichotomist discourse of Podemos and its antagonist view of society.

Author Biography

Juan Roch González, Freie Universität Berlin

Juan Roch González is a PhD candidate in political science at Freie Universität Berlin who spends most of his time these days conducting research on populism, the emergence of new political parties in Europe and their links to Europeanization processes. He studied his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in Madrid and his Master’s Degree in Barcelona, Spain. In his prior research work, he analysed the new social movements in Spain and Europe and the role of the traditional media and the new Information and Communication Technologies in these movements. His most recent publications is “Podemos und die neuen Medien”, an article focused on the use of digital media by the political party Podemos.




How to Cite

González, J. R. (2017). Left-wing Populism in Spain: Discursive Formations on the European Union. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 33, 28–46. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.33.2



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