How is the political wind blowing in Europe? Recommended reads on European politics and policy

Over 40 countries worldwide go to the polls in 2024. From the European Parliament elections to the rise of the far right in France and Portugal, and the European mayors finding hope in city politics, this selection of posts from LSE's EUROPP blog explore some of the key topics of the year.

France 2024 Parliament elections

France: the 2024 European Parliament elections – a pre-presidential election?

Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National is predicted to be the big winner in France’s European Parliament election. Marta Lorimer writes that while many will be tempted to interpret the outcome as a sign that Le Pen could win the 2027 presidential election, it would be ill-advised to read too much into the results. 

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Portugal 2024 elections

The geography of discontent and the rise of far-right politics in Portugal

This year marked the 50th anniversary of Portugal’s “Carnation” revolution. However, as João Almeida and Andrés Rodríguez-Pose explain, the current political climate casts a shadow over this milestone, with the country’s recent general election showcasing the rise of the far right. 

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European mayors finding hope

The power of proximity – European mayors on finding hope in city politics

The European Cities Programme at LSE Cities recently spoke with six mayors from across Europe about what first drew them into city politics and what makes for a good urban leader. Imogen Hamilton-Jones reflects on the lessons for inclusive and empowered city leadership in times of growing political disaffection and polarisation. 

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Elections in 2024

Elections in 2024 make it the year of living dangerously

In 2024, over 40 countries worldwide are going to polls in an unprecedented year for national elections. With the rise of nationalism seen throughout Europe, the Americas and South and Southeast Asia, there is potential for electoral outcomes to significantly shape not just domestic politics but the global order, writes Michael Cox. 

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European Parliament elections

How to hold a successful European Parliament election

The 2024 European Parliament elections promise to be a pivotal moment for the European Union. Claes de Vreese presents a roadmap for how politicians, journalists and citizens can ensure the success of the elections. 

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Erdoğan and Turkish politics

How Erdoğan’s “national machine” came to dominate Turkish politics

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has been the leading figure in Turkish politics for over two decades. Drawing on a new study, Murat Somer and Toygar Sinan Baykan explain how a series of socioeconomic changes and party organisational responses laid the foundations for his rise to power. 

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This reading list was compiled by Stuart Brown, Managing Editor of LSE's European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog. Follow the blog for more from the European elections series.  

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