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The Left in Power?

Speaker: Costas Douzinas, Birkbeck, University of London and Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus

Amidst the turmoil of economic crisis, Greece has become the first European experiment of Left rule in a sea of neoliberalism. Through his position as an ‘accidental politician’, unexpectedly propelled from academia into the world of Greek politics as a Syriza MP, Costas Douzinas will examine some of the challenges Syriza has faced since its assent to power in 2015. He will discuss what theoretical and political lessons can be drawn from one of the boldest and most difficult experiments in governing from the Left in an age of austerity, and what the experience of the Syriza Government can tell us about the prospects for the Left in the 21st Century.

Costas Douzinas is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London, and Founding Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, as well as the Syriza member of the Hellenic parliament for Piraeus. His latest book, Syriza in Power will be published in June 2017 by Polity Press.

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