The Rise of Podemos: Promises, Constraints, and Dilemmas

  • César Rendueles
  • Jorge Sola


The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the rise of Podemos in the light of its historical background. Our purpose is to sketch the main characteristics of this new political force (its ideology, its organization, and its social bases) in relation to the inherited constraints and dilemmas it has had to tackle. The chapter is divided into four sections. The first accounts for the historical roots of the so-called “Regime of ’78” and its current crisis. In the following two sections we explore the two main novelties of Podemos: its political discourse and its organizational functioning. The second section characterizes the ideology of Podemos as “left-wing populism” and considers its discursive and programmatic development, while the third section delves into the organizational form and the distribution of power that derives from it. The fourth section analyzes the profile of the voters of Podemos and the way in which it matches its strategy. Lastly, we offer some concluding remarks.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • César Rendueles
    • 1
  • Jorge Sola
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology VComplutense University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and Social WorkUniversity of Islas BalearesPalmaSpain

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