Ernesto Laclau

Ernesto Laclau is Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Government, University of Essex, and Distinguished Professor for Humanities and Rhetorical Studies at Northwestern University. He is the author of, amongst other works, Hegemony and Socialist Strategy (with Chantal Mouffe), New Reflections of the Revolution of Our Time, The Populist Reason, Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (with Judith Butler and Slavoj Zizek), and Emancipation(s).

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  • Chantal Mouffe: 'The crisis of representative democracy and the need for a left-wing populism'

    As commentators draw continuities from the work of theorists Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe to the left populism of Syriza and Podemos we share this video of Mouffe's recent keynote speech at the international methodological workshop "Analyzing Populist Discourse" at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 'The crisis of representative democracy and the need for a left-wing populism' was recorded alongside an interview with Mouffe by Populismus.

    Chantal Mouffe: 'The crisis of representative democracy and the need for a left-wing populism'



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  • The Red Scarf of Chantal Mouffe

    It can be said that the work of theorists Chantal Mouffe and Ernesto Laclau has been realised in the new popular social movements in Greece and Spain. This article, originally published in Der Freitagis a useful discussion of Chantel Mouffe's contribution to left theory and its pertinence today.



    Chantal Mouffe didn’t come to Berlin just for lunch with Katja Kipping.[1] A discussion with the left theorist.

    She is reluctant to say that history has backed her up, that she saw a lot of things coming. The elegant lady with the red scarf on the stage is too modest for that. Yet what Chantal Mouffe has suspected for the last thirty years seems now to be finding confirmation in Athens: if ‘progressive forces’ act together – workers, trade unionists, social movements – it really is possible to do something against neoliberalism. She is speaking just one day after the Greek elections, and many people have come to the Humboldt University in Berlin to hear this influential theorist of the left.

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  • Ernesto Laclau: Constructing Antagonisms by Razmig Keucheyan

    As Europe's political climate is increasingly defined by an assurgent left populism, we re-publish Razmig Keucheyan's discussion of political theorist Ernesto Laclau, whose theoretical legacy is a critical engagement with this problematic realised today in Greece and Spain. This piece was originally published in Keucheyan's cartography of the contemporary world's leading critical thinkers; The Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Thinking Today.


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