Entries by Tom Gallagher

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A Dutch Earthquake Likely to Reverberate Across the West

  Tom Gallagher is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bradford. His book Europe’s Leadership Famine 1950-2022: Portraits of Defiance and Decay was published on 22 June.  A biography of Portugal’s enduring 20th century leader, Salazar, the Dictator Who Refused to Die,was published by Hurst Publishers in 2020 and his twitter account is @cultfree54 The areas […]

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A Bogus Moral Panic Reveals Spain’s New Authoritarianism

Tom Gallagher is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bradford. His book Europe’s Leadership Famine 1950-2022: Portraits of Defiance and Decay was published on 22 June.  A biography of Portugal’s enduring 20th century leader, Salazar, the Dictator Who Refused to Die,was published by Hurst Publishers in 2020 and his twitter account is @cultfree54 Rubiales and Sanchez […]

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The Showdown Over a Kiss Which May Determine How Free Spain can Remain

Tom Gallagher is Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bradford. His book Europe’s Leadership Famine 1950-2022: Portraits of Defiance and Decay was published on 22 June.  A biography of Portugal’s enduring 20th century leader, Salazar, the Dictator Who Refused to Die,was published by Hurst Publishers in 2020 and his twitter account is @cultfree54 […]

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How ‘Doing no harm’ came to elude Europe’s political elite.

Europe’s Leadership Famine is a book which examine the careers of a cross-section of politicians who acquired prominence in Europe between 1950 and the present day. Twenty figures have been selected in order to show what their acquisition, retention, and (in most cases) retreat from power can reveal about the health and shifting contours of democracy over a seventy-year period.

Some may recoil from the term leadership famine. But there is increasing endorsement of the claim that democratic politics is in disarray across much of Europe. My aim is to trace the origins of this continent-wide political malaise and analyse its present-day features.

Perhaps it can be summed up in different ways: