On October 29, 2012 from 12:00-1:00 pm in WCC 2019B, Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer, former social democratic Chancellor of Austria, addressed the prospects for left and social democratic politics in Europe today as the economic crisis continues. In this lecture, Dr. Gusenbauer touched on the following topics:

–          What are the Left’s prospects for political resurgence in European nations?

–          What must the social democratic left change to succeed now?

–          Does the European left have an alternative to the politics of austerity

–          Can the left harness populist anger in the EU?

–          Can it take on the increasingly anti-democratic European structures which have arisen in the aftermath of the crisis.

Dr. Gusenbauer, a member of the IGLP’s Honorary Advisory Council, was Chancellor from January 2007 to December 2008.  He has long been active in Austrian government and politics, serving as a Member of Parliament, Leader of the Social Democratic Party, Vice President of the Socialist International, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Development Cooperation, and Senior Researcher on Economic Policy.  He was a Visiting Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies from 2009-2011  and was the James Leitner Fellow at Columbia University in 2009. Currently, he is the Chair of the Next Left Research Initiative at the Foundation for European Progressive Studies in Brussels.   The initiative was launched by Dr. Gusenbauer to bring together experts and policy makers from around the world who are interested in the contemporary state of social democratic politics and the ways it could become a driving force for political change in the 21st century.