The Nicos Poulantzas Institute (NPI) was founded in 1997 on the initiative of the political party Synaspismos, today SYRIZA.
NPI is named after the Greek political sociologist Nicos Poulantzas. This choice signals the Institute’s embrace of the traditions of radical left thought. With his theoretical work and his committed participation in the left movement, Nicos Poulantzas became a prominent organic intellectual of the Left. His work, animated by the principles of democratic socialism and the ideas of Marxism, is integrally linked to the Left’s endeavour to overcome dogmatic rigidity, to fight against all forms of authoritarian rule and to contribute to fully-fledged social liberation.
NPI aims at fostering the values of the Left, systematically developing an awareness of contemporary social, ecological, political and cultural issues and exploring the emerging changes within society. In addition, it seeks to contribute to the scientific research, theory and ideology as well as the political programme of the renewed, radical and ecological Left, while at the same time helping to develop the capabilities of its cardres through political education.
The Institute’s fundamental functional principles include the commitment to the ideals of socialism with democracy and freedom, independence from the expedience of current political or party conjuncture, democratic functioning and the maintenance of the public character of all of its activities. The members of the Institute belong to the broader Left.
The attempt to intervene in those areas where the development of a critical discourse is necessary, is closely interlinked with the dynamics created by the emergence of polymorphous social movements in many countries and the accompanying new forms of internationalism. Such movements struggle against the neoliberal, capitalist globalisation and resist the re-emergence of nationalist, racist and fundamentalist ideologies.
In its attempt to be present in the dialogue that is unfolding all over the world, the Institute participates through its activities in the shaping of the goals and the strategies of the contemporary Left, in all of its dimensions (social, ecological, feminist, political, cultural etc).
- INP organises -either autonomously or in collaboration with other institutions in Greece or abroad- research, seminars, conferences, lectures, workshops, festivals and other types of events that cover a wide spectrum of issues (ranging from Greek, European and global politico-economic developments and policy issues, to history, philosophy, technology and culture).
- Publication and distribution of books, as well as of special brocures or audio focusing on Institute’s activities and other issues of broader theoretical, political or policy importance.
- Collaboration and coordination of activities with other institutes in Greece and abroad -research foundations, universities, political organisations, cultural institutions etc- for the development of common activities, exchange of documentation and ideas, participation in common research or other programmes on issues that relate to Institute’s aims.
- Nicos Poulantzas Institute is a founding member of the European Network for Alternative Thinking and Political Dialogue TRANFORM!. The TRANSFORM! Network is cooperating with the European Left Party, as well as with the European Parliamentary Group: European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL). Full details at www.transform-network.org
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