UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


From Protesting to Supporting a Minority Government: Mapping the Trajectory of the Slovenian Left

23 October 2018, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm


Part of the SSEES South East Europe Seminar Series

This event is free.

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South East Europe Seminar Series


16 Taviton Street

In October 2011, Slovenian activists joined the global Occupy movement and occupied a square in front of the Ljubljana Stock Exchange. The occupation ended six months afterwards, leaving many on the radical left wondering what the achievements of the direct action were and what steps to take next. The period of disillusionment soon ended when a wave of protests in the second biggest city Maribor spread to Ljubljana and the rest of the country, producing the biggest protest movement since independence. The protests grew into a nation-wide movement and at the height of its activity, managed to topple Janez Janša’s government. Out of this protest movement, a new radical left party emerged in Slovenia and entered parliament after the June 2014 elections. This talk will offer an in-depth study of the structural and agential factors behind the emergence and electoral breakthrough of the Slovenian Left party. It will define the party’s ideological-programmatic profile and analyse its tactics of party competition through a selection of concrete examples. It will conclude by assessing the party’s electoral performance in this year’s parliamentary elections and the challenges the party faces in giving support to the new centre-left minority government.

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About the Speaker

Alen Toplišek

Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London

Alen Toplišek is a Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London. His research focuses on the contemporary crisis of liberal democracy in Europe and explores the role ideas and social movements play in reshaping political and economic governance structures. He has published articles and reviews in a variety of academic outlets, such as Europe-Asia Studies, European Political Science, Political Studies Review and Journal for the Critique of Science, Imagination, and New Anthropology. His book Liberal Democracy in Crisis: Rethinking Resistance under Neoliberal Governmentality will be published with Palgrave in October.