Stephanie L. Mudge is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis.
Why is the Left failing everywhere? Because back in the 1990s, left-wing parties gave up on growing their core constituencies, turning instead to a cadre of technicians. Mudge argues that success of center-left parties rested upon their ability to 'win, represent, and shape how people think.' This latter goal used to be the province of 'economist theoreticians' who embraced a 'Keynesian ethic.' But as economics changed, so did the visions of the economists who guided left parties. Why the Left is dying owes much to their interventions.--Mark Blyth, Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs, Brown University