The goal of this essay is to explain Podemos's 2014 emergence in Spanish politics in terms of its contributions to a possible long-term shift in Spanish political culture. For doing that, the essay focuses not so much on the party's electoral ups and downs but on a series of main discursive lines and elements of the party's trajectory that help explain its relevance in the context of recent Spanish political and cultural history: the crisis of middle classes; the plebeian as political subject linked to an alliance between precarized middle classes and precarious working classes; plurinationality and the Spanish territorial debates; historical memory and Spanish Republicanism; and popular sovereignty.
A Populist Experiment in Spanish Political Culture? On the Cultural Politics of Podemos
Vicente Rubio-Pueyo teaches at Fordham University's Modern Languages and Literatures Department as an adjunct instructor. He is currently finishing a book manuscript on political cultures in contemporary Spain. He is a member of Minim Municipalist Observatory and Instituto de Estudios Culturales y Cambio Social. He writes regularly on Spanish and US politics for media outlets in both countries.
Vicente Rubio-Pueyo; A Populist Experiment in Spanish Political Culture? On the Cultural Politics of Podemos. boundary 2 1 August 2021; 48 (3): 145–168. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01903659-9155775
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