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The Parties We Didn’t Build

The 2010s were meant to herald a new generation of party activism, as Europe’s austerity generation built new structures to the left of social democracy. Instead, we got short-lived surges of electoral enthusiasm — without the deeper rebuilding we so sorely needed.

Illustration by Raúl Soria.

We’re often told that “generation” has replaced “class” as the major political dividing line. Just look at the last British election campaign, where the Labour Party handily won the youth vote even as it slumped to a twelve-point defeat nationally. Maps showed that if only those under twenty-five had been able to vote, England and […]

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