What Happened to the Left Alternative?

8 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2014 Last revised: 21 Oct 2014

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V. Upadhyay

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Date Written: January 24, 2014


During the 1970s, left movements were very strong across many parts of the world. Left-led anti-colonial struggles achieved major victories in Asia and Africa. But, in a basic sense, global political landscape underwent a fundamental transformation around 1980. Rise of middle classes and their increasing role in political discourse and tradition or religion-based resistance to West’s cultural dominance are the major political developments that are emerging as serious roadblocks to left politics in many parts of the world. In this paper, I explore the reasons for the differences in popular acceptance of left ideas between Latin America and other developing countries.

Keywords: Left Alternative, Global Crisis, Popular Movements

Suggested Citation

Upadhyay, Vrajaindra, What Happened to the Left Alternative? (January 24, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2384376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2384376

Vrajaindra Upadhyay (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi ( email )

IIT Delhi
Hauz Khas
New Delhi, 110016

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